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Food security

What's the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation about?

Population growth is leading to increasing demands for food and hence claiming more land for food production. This process has thrown many developing countries into a poverty trap characterized by expansion of agriculture into marginal lands, land degradation and declining yields. Programmes or projects that address these issues require timely and reliable (spatial) information on:

  • Type and quality of available land resources.
  • Management, productivity and sustainability of current and alternative agricultural land use systems.
  • Effects of interventions and socio-economic conditions on land use and land cover modifications and conversions.
  • Actual and anticipated (future) food demand and supply situations.
Major projects

STARS is a unique research project that aims to use earth observation techniques in African and Asian countries to help improve existing information and decision support system in smallholder farming.

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A remote sensing-based insurance system developed by ITC helps Ethiopian farmers to become less vulnerable to weather and climate-related risks. Insuring agricultural inputs brings the farmers closer to achieving a stable sustainable income, that in-turn stimulate making required investments.

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Together with three Ethiopian universities, ITC is upgrading curricula and staff resources to support the agricultural transformation agenda of the Government. This is not a project-based activity but it is long-term cooperation based on mutual interest.

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At ITC, we focus on fundamental and problem-solving research where spatial information can make a real difference. 


ITC is known to be one of the top institutes worldwide in the field of Geo-information science and earth observation. At ITC, we train students to engineer approaches for designing future-oriented solutions to the world's biggest challenges. We encourage our students to participate in public-private partnership projects initiated by ITC and other organizations.

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