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Netherlands Space Office

G4AW Facility

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a new programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the policy priorities Food Security and Water. The G4AW Facility focuses on improved and increased sustainable food production and more efficient use of water in agriculture. The Netherlands Space Office is executing this programme.

An important element in enabling an improved and increased sustainable food production and water use efficiency is providing (smallholder) food producers (farmers, cattle breeders, fishermen) and other stakeholders in developing countries with relevant information. Within this context, satellite information provides fast, timely and objective data that, once processed, can be used for user-tailored agricultural advices resulting in higher crop yields, water use efficiency, early warnings for drought/flooding/diseases, financial products (micro insurances), etc. Together with the rapid adoption of mobile phones in developing countries, millions of food producers in remote areas can be targeted with relevant agrometeorological information services.

G4AW aims at facilitating the formation of partnerships (private sector, government sector, NGOs, research institutes) and supporting initiatives of these partnerships to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains. The ultimate goal is providing (smallholder) food producers in G4AW partner countries with information leading to:

  • improvement in sustainable food production and/or
  • improved use efficiency of inputs for food production (water, fertilizer, seeds, pesticides, etc.) and/or
  • improved income.

The overall objective of G4AW is to strengthen poverty alleviation, sustainable economic growth and self-reliance in the recipient G4AW partner countries.

For whom?
The requesting partnerships consist of at least one private organization and one public organization from the G4AW partner country targeted; the applicant is a Dutch organization, other than a Dutch ministry or a Dutch embassy. The partnerships are in direct contact with the target group (end user of the proposed information service) or with representative(s) of this target group and the entire information chain from source data (satellite and geodata) to information service for food producers is covered by activities of the partners.

Partnerships can propose projects that put these information services into operation in the countries targeted by the G4AW Facility: Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi,Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Mali,Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South-Africa and South-Sudan.

The information services will provide food producers with timely, accurate, and understandable satellite-based information, advices and/or (financial) products, which will allow food producers to make the right decisions in sustaining and increasing their production and livelihood.

The available budget for the G4AW call of 2014-2015 is 30.5 million euro.

Application period
Submission deadline is Friday, 27 February 2015 for the Application.