Regularly monitoring the amount of food produced in food insecure, isolated, subsistence farming areas can be used to help identify households or communities who may be in need of additional food resources. Measuring seasonal food production in developing countries, particularly at a sub-national level, is complicated by lack of data. In this study we use high resolution remotely sensed data to calculate cultivated area in two different growing areas, during two different seasons in Kenya. The results of the research support the usefulness of this approach for agricultural monitoring in the developing world and suggest that monitoring cultivated area requires attention to the specific growing characteristics of an area.
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We are very thankful to the support of Gary Eilerts of USAID and FEWS NET, Chris Funk of USGS and FEWS NET, James Verdin and Frank Davenport of FEWS NET and James Rowland of USGS and FEWS NET. This work was supported by USAID / USGS grants, USGS award #G09AC00001 and #G14AC00042 .
- Food insecurity
- High resolution imagery
- Land use