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Mapping Food Security: Blue Raster and USAID Zones of Influence

Blue Raster is excited to announce another collaboration with ICF International. In addition to The Demographic and Health Surveys Program,  Blue Raster partners with ICF for the Surveys for Monitoring in Resilience and Food Security (SMRFS) project. This initiative, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security (REFS) and Feed the Future, focuses on monitoring progress towards combating global hunger and enhancing food security through advanced data collection and analysis.

According to ICF, “Data collected through these efforts will support monitoring and evaluation of important U.S. government strategies like the Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy, the Global Water Strategy and the Feed the Future Global Food Security Strategy. “

Leveraging GIS for Impact

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) play a crucial role in the SMRFS project. The team utilizes ArcGIS for planning and producing detailed reports that highlight the Zones of Influence (ZOI). These maps are indispensable tools for policymakers and stakeholders, providing clear visualizations of critical data.

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Blue Raster’s Role

Blue Raster supports SMRFS with our expertise in geospatial technology:

  • PowerBI Dashboards: We have created dynamic dashboards to visualize survey monitoring results effectively.
  • On-Demand Maps: Our team produces detailed maps for comprehensive reporting.
  • GIS Training Curriculum: We developed an in person training program for project partners in Uganda, ensuring they can effectively understand how to utilize GIS tools.

Explore More

Discover more about the project at this link, and learn how Blue Raster is contributing to global food security efforts through our innovative projects on our website.

At Blue Raster, we are committed to using cutting-edge geospatial solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, ensuring a more resilient and food-secure future. 

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Green Keeper Africa – Utilizing Invasive Plant Species to Mitigate Lake Pollution in Benin

The water hyacinth is an invasive aquatic plant found in Lake Nokoué in the southern area of Benin. This plant grows rapidly, forming thick layers on the water, shading out other plants. As it decays, it depletes oxygen levels, impacting the fish and other aquatic life in the lake. In addition to the ecological impacts, the hyacinth also has economic impacts, clogging up transportation routes. The hyacinth fiber has a high-performance absorption power for all types of liquids, from dyes to crude oil and heavy fuel oil. Green Keeper Africa created a transformation path that takes harvested hyacinths and converts them into an absorptive product that can soak up oil spills.

Building an Economic Engine

In order to produce the absorption solutions, Green Keeper Africa works with local communities to collect and prepare the hyacinth for production. The company needed more visibility into the growth patterns to be able to set pricing each season and direct harvesters to the most abundant areas.

Blue Raster developed an application that uses an algorithm to detect water hyacinth in satellite imagery. The application also gathers data from water sensors currently being prototyped by MIT as well as other ground data and water quality readings. Green Keeper uses this view of real time and historic data to fairly set prices and plan for harvest areas they need to support.

Green Keeper Africa

Beyond Hyacinth Tracking

This application can help promote additional sustainable and profitable uses of Lake Nokoué. Acadja is a fishing method where dense masses of branches are set in an area to attract fish in large numbers for harvesting. The Blue Raster application can use footage from drones to map the placement of the Acadjas, overlaying that information with other data to track environmental impacts and/or present alternate locations or methods that may result in more fish with less environmental impact.

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