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    A framework for monitoring geospatial indicators of the Resilience of Organizations for Transformative Smallholder Agriculture project 2024
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    The Gambia, home to 2.5 million people, is grappling with challenges such as food insecurity, migration, and a significant poverty rate of 62 percent. Despite the heavy reliance on agriculture for employment, its modest contribution to the GDP does not significantly alleviate poverty. To address these issues, the Gambia's government, with IFAD's support, launched the ROOTS project, aiming to enhance agricultural productivity through strategic investments and collaborative efforts.This publication delves into the synergy between agricultural advancement and the ROOTS initiative, focusing on its pioneering use of spatial monitoring. It showcases the development of a geospatial platform that plays a pivotal role in gathering and analyzing critical data like land use, soil quality, and weather patterns. This tool offers vital real-time, location-specific information that is essential for informed decision-making, efficient use of resources, and strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers. The platform encompasses six key elements: rice production, vegetable gardening, mangroves, forestry, agroforestry, and infrastructure development.Furthermore, the publication underscores the involvement of the FAO, which has been instrumental in enhancing technical capabilities in geospatial technology. The FAO's contributions include generating key indicators for the project components, beginning with an updated land cover map for The Gambia. This map is part of a newly developed National Land Cover Reference System (NLCRS), which provides a standardized method for classifying land cover in accordance with international norms. The NLCRS offers local stakeholders valuable, sustainable tools for effective land monitoring, planning, and management.
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    Land Cover Atlas of the Republic of South Sudan 2023
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    Understanding the distribution of different land cover classes, as revealed by the updated Land Cover Atlas, holds paramount importance and is an innovative approach in helping to understand land cover dynamics. It enables decision-makers to harness this knowledge for strategic planning and informed decision-making in sectors such as agriculture, conservation, water resource management, and land degradation prevention. By recognizing the distribution and dynamics of land cover, stakeholders can work towards sustainable development goals, ecological resilience, and improved livelihoods in South Sudan. The development and utilization of the Land Cover Atlas highlight the significance of innovation, collaboration, and partnerships in decision-making processes and land cover management. By fostering collaborative efforts between organizations like the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Government of South Sudan, and supportive donors, a comprehensive understanding of land dynamics can be achieved. This collaborative approach enables stakeholders to work together towards effective resource management, resilience-building, and sustainable development, benefiting the people and environment of South Sudan.
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    Lesotho: Land cover atlas 2017–2023 2023
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    The Lesotho Next Generation Land Cover Database (NextGen-LCDB) and Atlas (NextGen-Atlas) have been prepared in support of ReNOKA, the national programme for Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho, through the Action “Support to Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho”, co-financed by the EU and BMZ, and implemented by GIZ. The NextGen-LCDB was developed in close collaboration with the ICM management Unit, the ICM Data Reference Group, and the Lesotho Governmental Institutions including the Bureau of Statistics (BOS), Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS), Ministry of Forestry, Range and Soil Conservation (MFRSC). The Lesotho Government supported the construction of the NextGen-Atlas by supporting the development of the legend, revising the methodology, and participating actively in the field survey campaign. The MFRSC played a key role in the survey design and in the definition of environmental indicators for rangelands and wetlands. The ICM Data Reference Group and the Bureau of Statistics (BOS) played a decisive role in the validation of the land cover methodology and the NextGen-LCDB. The NextGen-Atlas of Lesotho provides information on the land cover distribution at multiple geographical levels and across the time frame 2017-2022: at the national level, at the district level, at the municipality level, at the main catchment area level, and by six selected Sub-Catchment areas under ICM priority interventions. The development of the NextGen-Atlas involved the use of ancillary datasets provided by the Ministry of Forestry, Range and Soil Conservation (MFRSC), Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs (MLGCA), Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS), Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture (MTEC), Ministry of Water Affairs (MWA) and Lesotho Land Administration Authority (LAA).

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