SAFE Rice Crop Monitoring Project

The SAFE Evolution Rice Crop Monitoring Project, led by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), aims to provide high-quality, regional scale, space-based rice crop maps using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data in South East Asia. Its objectives include producing national agricultural statistics and contributing to regional and global food security. Ongoing activities under the project include cross-comparison related studies of rice maps for algorithm improvement, data/tool/knowledge sharing and capacity building, and promoting dialogue with end-users/stakeholders.

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SAFE Agromet Project

The SAFE Agromet project, led by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), aims to provide space-based agrometeorological information to support the monthly Rice Growing Outlook activity of AFSIS. The project also involves conducting comparisons and validations of different space-based agromet information in a multilateral collaboration framework to obtain experience in the usage of multi-source data, and building a portal site for sharing knowledge and conducting capacity building for data users.

The project is a multilateral collaboration between ISRO, GISTDA, and JAXA.

Training of implementing agencies is being undertaken by GISTDA/ARTSA and LAPAN, supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Completed activities include satellite-derived agromet data comparisons, application of validated products to Rice Growing Outlooks, contribution to practical usage of data, and capacity building and training of data usage provided to Agricultural Statisticians in the ASEAN region.

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SAFE CH4Rice (Methane) Project

The CH4Rice project, also known as “Assessment of Methane Emission from Rice Paddies and Water Management,” is a new SAFE project led by the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) and endorsed at APRSAF-28 in November 2022. The project aims to support reduction of methane (CH4) emissions from rice paddies, which are estimated to be about 8% of total global anthropogenic methane emissions.

The project will implement CH4 Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) using satellite and in-situ data, aid irrigation methods that result in lower CH4 emissions, and promote and participate in regional and global sustainable agriculture related initiatives. The CH4Rice project will work in synergy with the other SAFE projects (Agromet and Rice Monitoring).

The project’s objectives include developing a methodology to estimate CH4 emissions from rice paddies, sharing data, tools, and knowledge for multilateral collaborations, promoting dialogue with stakeholders and end-users by presenting results, and building capacity for sustainable rice cultivation. The project’s implementation activities are currently being planned.

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