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Government moots digital environment monitoring tool

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Government moots digital environment monitoring tool

Government moots digital environment monitoring tool
April 29
08:55 2015

THE government in collaboration with environmental stakeholders is planning to develop an online environmental change monitoring tool that will help achieve long term food security in uncertain climate.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng Raphael Daluti, said that in order to achieve long-term food security in an uncertain climate, farmers need to increase agricultural productivity while avoiding unintended consequences for soil quality, water availability, and other benefits from healthy ecosystems.

He, therefore, said there is an urgent need for better data and risk management tools to guide agricultural development decisions, ensuring that they protect both people and nature.

He also said that it was due to that reason that the Ministry decided to meet and share with Vital Signs a US-based organization the preliminary version of new online maps and tools for environmental monitoring system.

He added that agricultural development strongly depend on environmental resources, such as land, forest, air, water and other resources thus sustainable utilization and monitoring of resources is vital for growth and sustainability of the sector.

“A key question that underpins sustainable agricultural development is how to maximize benefits derived from a given area both agricultural products and ecosystems services provided by all parts of the landscape for now and in the future,” he said.

He went on to explain that with the use of developed maps and tools systems, it will be easier in getting more timely information that will be used in addressing various agricultural challenges.

The Executive Director of Vital Signs, Ms Sandy Andelman, said the tools were designed to address environmental challenges by providing integrated, near real-time measurements of agriculture, ecosystem services, and human well-being.

“These measurements are made at all of the scales relevant to agricultural decision making — from a household to a farm, a landscape, and at the scale of a nation,” she said.

She added that in order to achieve food security in the continent, smallholder farmers need to increase productivity while sustaining the ecosystems which provide healthy soils, clean water and other benefits.

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