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2016-01-15 Meet eLEAF at GFIA

On February 16 and 17 the third edition of the annual Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture will be hosted at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. Mr. Maurits Voogt will represent eLEAF during the forum. Contact us to make an appointment. More information on GFIA can be found here.


 
2016-01-05 eLEAF joins GODAN

eLEAF is glad to announce it has joined the GODAN Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition partnership. A rapidly growing group, GODAN currently includes +190 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that together challenge global poverty and promote food security through opening up data in agriculture and nutrition for everyone.

As a company that supplies satellite based data on water and vegetation to support sustainable water use, increase food production and protect environmental systems, eLEAF closely works with partners that are at the forefront of new developments in food security and water productivity. A shared agenda on interoperability of data, platforms and capacity building of stakeholders is crucial for agriculture to truly benefit from the current advances in satellite technology and information.


 
2015-11-24 Declaration of Intent signed at Garden of Future

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture and eLEAF have signed a Declaration of Intent to continue the FruitLook program for the coming years. This Declaration of Intent is signed at the Garden of the Future in Cape Town, part of the trade mission of Prime Minister Mark Rutte to South Africa.

Photo: Dutch Minister of Agriculture Martijn van Dam witnesses the signing by Andre Roux (right, Director Sustainable Resource Management at DoA) and Ruben Goudriaan (Project Manager FruitLook at eLEAF).

 

 


 
2015-05-01 Visit eLEAF's new office!

eLEAF has moved to the historic building “De Hooghe Stee” in Wageningen. Previously this building housed the Department of Remote Sensing and Land Surveying of Wageningen University.  The building is located at the Hesslink van Suchtelenweg 6.


 
2015-03-15 eLEAF enables increased food production Gezira (Sudan)

The Satellite based ICTs for improved crop production in the Gezira irrigation scheme is a one year project funded by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) through its “Building Viable Delivery Models for ICT4Ag” initiative and being implemented by eLEAF and Hydraulic Research Centre (HRC), Sudan. The project aims at setting up a demand driven irrigation advisory service for farmers in the Gezira irrigation scheme in Sudan that conveys satellite based information on agricultural water use via mobile phone text-messages and a webportal. 44 Farmers were selected for this pilot testing for the pilot period covering the 2014/2015 winter season crops viz. wheat, chickpea and onions.  The service contributed not only to a better understanding on how to optimize water use for irrigation in order to increase food production, but actually increased production during the pilot period. 


 
2015-01-25 Visit eLEAF at GFIA

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture will take place on 9-11 March in Abu Dhabi. Visit eLEAF’s booth at stand B408 and meet Mr. Maurits Voogt. More information on GFIA can be found here.


 
2015-01-10 Steven joins eLEAF

eLEAF appointed Mr. Steven Wonink as Project Manager Irrigation Applications. Steven holds a MSc degree in physical geography and has a broad working experience.  Steven will be working on the further development and roll-out of eLEAF’s Irrigation Planner.


 
2014-12-15 Successful FruitLook Forum

On Wednesday December 3rd the FruitLook Forum was organized at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDOA). The FruitLook Forum brought together professionals from the fruit and wine production sectors in the Western Cape to discuss FruitLook data use in farm management. Presentations were given on the role, technique behind, validation and practical application of FruitLook. In total 62 representatives of the wine- and fruit production sector attended, ranging from farm managers to scientists to consultants. At the Forum Andre Roux, Director Sustainable Resource Management at WCDOA, emphasized the role of FruitLook for stimulating agricultural production and efficient water use.


 
2014-12-01 Peru: PiMapping for Tacna basin

eLEAF and ADASA will be using PiMapping® technology to spatially quantify hydrological and biophysical variables for the Tacna basin in Peru. This information will be used in the water accounting technology to integrate the hydrological process with land use systems for the basin. This project is supervised by the Autoridad Nacional del Agua. For more information, please contact Ernesto Bastidas Obando.


 
2014-11-11 Project Manager Irrigation Application

eLEAF has opened a position for Project Manager Irrigation Applications. More information can be found under careers.


 
2014-10-22 Expert Consultation ICT4Ag

How can we best address the challenge of scaling up services based on information and communication technologies for agriculture (ICT4Ag) and how can we make them sustainable? These are the two key questions that 40 ICT4Ag experts from across the globe will confront at an expert consultation on “Facilitating the Convergence of ICT Channels for Agriculture” convened by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA). eLEAF will be present at this expert consultation and is represented by Mechteld Andriessen. More information.


 
2014-10-06 FruitLook continued: data available for third parties

The continuation of the FruitLook platform in the Western Cape, South Africa is secured for the 2014-2015 season. FruitLook enables farmers and water managers to obtain quantitative data on crop production and water usage. As of this season the FruitLook data will be made available to third parties that like to use the raw data in their products or consultancy services. The Western Cape: Department of Agriculture and eLEAF foresee this will increase the use of the data and hence improve the water use efficiency in the Western Cape.

FruitLook triggers conscious use of fresh water supplies in the Western Cape. More information can be found on www.fruitlook.co.za .


 
2014-08-05 Meet eLEAF at the World Water Week

From August 31 till September 5 the Annual World Water Week will take place in Stockholm. eLEAF will be present at this event. Contact us to make an appointment, or come to the session on Innovations for More Food with Less Water and Less Energy and meet Remco Dost.


 
2014-08-01 Landbou.com starts covering CROPSCAN - a unique agricultural platform delivering eLEAF data

South African agricultural media company Landbou Weekblad (part of the NASPERS group) has launched CROPSCAN FarmerView through its digital platform, landbou.com.  CROPSCAN acquires daily satellite data to bring near real-time crop performance data sets, per field, per week, directly to the farmer for the SA summer grain area (260,000km2). CROPSCAN has been developed by eLEAF’s partner enterprisEvolution and is a new way to access eLEAF’s data.

Have a look on CROPSCAN or read more in Afrikaans on landbou.com.


 
2014-06-18 Flood mapping for Africa

eLEAF has been awarded a contract to develop a remote sensing based flood depiction model for the African Risk Capacity, a specialized agency of the African Union. This flood depiction model will support the inclusion of flood risk and flood monitoring in the ARC insurance portfolio. More information on the African Risk Capacity can be found on their website.


 
2014-05-08 Geospatial Solutions Company of the Year 2013 !

eLEAF is proud to announce it has been awarded “Geospatial Solutions Company of the Year 2013” at the Geospatial World Leadership Awards 2014, as presented on the occasion of the Geospatial World Forum 2014 in Geneva, Switserland.

During the gala dinner the award has been handed to Mr Ad Bastiaansen, one of eLEAF’s founders.


 
2014-05-01 eLEAF on WISA conference

The biennial Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) conference will be held from 25-29 May in Nelspruit, South Africa. eLEAF will be participating in the conference. More details can be found on the conference website. Would you like to meet with eLEAF? Please contact us directly or through this link.


 
2014-04-24 eLEAF is hiring!

eLEAF is looking for IT specialists to update its infrastructure. More information can be found under careers.


 
2014-04-05 New season on FieldLook.ru

eLEAF will continue its data stream on fieldlook.ru  during the 2014 growing season. Farmers in the Ukraine and Russia can now zoom in on their crops and obtain satellite based quantitative data on water use, crop production and nitrogen condition.

More information can be found at www.fieldlook.ru.

 


 
2014-02-27 eLEAF opens internship position

eLEAF is looking for an intern with background in marketing. More information can be found under careers.


 
2014-02-10 Nearing the end of the Smart ICT pilot phase: What's Next?

With the conclusion of the 2013 monitoring season in the Gash Delta, Sudan, the operational data delivery services in the pilot phase of the Smart ICT project by eLEAF and partners have come to an end. During multiple seasons, farmers in Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have benefited from weekly satellite-derived data and advice for on-farm decision making. Evaluation activities are currently conducted by the project partners to assess the impact of the web and SMS support services to farmers and extensionists.

Attention for ICT’s for agriculture in developing countries has been booming in the past few years. Experiences and lessons learned during this pilot project are extremely valuable for continuation of this type of services in the forthcoming growing seasons. As part of the finalization of the Smart ICT pilot phase, an open workshop will be organized on March 12th in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Discussions on potential for outscaling and business opportunities for geodata and ICT projects to benefit smallholder farmers will feature prominently on the program. Participants have registered from a variety of countries and backgrounds, including agriculture, Dutch and local governments, international organizations, commercial companies and research institutes.

For more information and preliminary registration, please contact eLEAF project manager Gijs Simons (gijs.simons (at) eleaf.com).


 
2014-02-07 FruitLook ongoing success

From February 3 to February 7 Ruben Goudriaan, in cooperation with Caren Jarmain of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, visited the Western Cape to promote the FruitLook service. Currently FruitLook is provided to fruit farmers in the Western Cape for the third season in a row. The growing FruitLook dataset provides huge opportunities for analysis of the fruit producing sector in the Western Cape, both on farm and higher administrative levels. Ruben spoke to various stakeholders to explore these opportunities and ensure the continuity of FruitLook for coming seasons.

The FruitLook product can be seen at www.fruitlook.co.za.


 
2014-01-15 eLEAF at Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

eLEAF will be present at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, to be held in Abu Dhabi on February 3-4. Meet Mr. Remco Dost and visit our booth! More information on the forum can be found here.


 
2013-12-15 eLEAF presents at agricultural risk conference

eLEAF’s products are of great value to the insurance and re-insurance industry of agricultural risks. Mr. Maurits Voogt will be speaking about the added value of PiMapping at the international congress on insurance and reinsurance of agricultural risks in Marrakech (January 29-31). More information on the congress can be found here.


 
2013-11-05 Open accessible irrigation data platform for Yemen approved

An open and accessible data platform on irrigation for Yemen will be created over the coming months.  Within this project relevant information for irrigation and water managers will be made available through an online platform including applications, allowing the local stakeholders to improve their practices.

The project is financed by the Dutch Embassy in Yemen and will be executed in a consortium led by Alterra, Wageningen University and Research. Alterra will execute the project jointly with HydroYemen (Y), Sana’a University (Y), HydroLogic (NL) and eLEAF (NL).

 


 
2013-10-15 Meet eLEAF at ICT4Ag, Kigali

Hosted by  the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, the international conference ‘ICT4ag’ will be a key milestone in promoting the application of ICTs in the agricultural sector, while placing a particular emphasis on value chains, advocacy and policy development. The “Smart ICT for African Smallholders” project, implemented by eLEAF and partners and funded by IFAD, is a typical example of an innovative solution that makes use of modern ICT’s to provide essential information and advice to farmers in developing countries.

As a part of the session “ICTs/Mobile apps for Access, Distribution and Application of Agricultural Inputs” on November 6th, project manager Gijs Simons will present and demonstrate the Smart ICT web portals and SMS services developed for selected areas in Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. More information can be found on www.ict4ag.org and www.smartict-africa.com


 
2013-09-25 Smart ICT in Geospatial World Magazine

The monthly magazine Geospatial World pays special attention to the theme Agriculture in its September 2013  issue. As an innovative case study of geospatial applications in agriculture, the project “Smart ICT for Weather and Water Information and Advice to Smallholders in Africa” is highlighted in a feature article. For the full story on this IFAD-funded project, executed by eLEAF and partners, please find the September issue of Geospatial World here: http://geospatialworld.net/magazine/ For more information on the Smart ICT project, please visit www.smartict-africa.com.


 
2013-09-02 Successful training sessions in Kassala, Sudan

eLEAF, IWMI and DLV Plant joined forces on August 28 and 29 to provide a two-day training course for farmers and water managers/researchers on the Smart ICT activities in the Gash Delta. The sessions were hosted by Kassala University and organized by the Hydraulic Research Station. Main topics covered were the SMS service for irrigation advice and field status information to farmers, demonstration of the FieldLook website and discussion of the flood data service by web and SMS. Reception of the audience was very positive, and the active participation in the on-demand services was observed. A field day was organized for examining the field conditions and gathering feedback from individual farmers. Suggestions for improvements and additions to the current SMS and internet services were collected and will be incorporated over the coming weeks. For more information on the IFAD-funded Smart ICT project, please visit www.smartict-africa.com.


 
2013-08-26 eLEAF presentation at the geo-information week in Colombia

eLEAF is present at the geo-information week in Colombia (30 Sep – 04 Oct 2013). Ernesto Bastidas Obando will give a workshop on the methodology water accounting plus and a conference on biomass and evapotranspiration measurements based on satellite data.

eLEAF presente en la semana geo-informática en Colombia (30 Sep – 04 Oct 2013). Ernesto Bastidas Obando presentará un taller en la metodología del administrador de consumo hídrico y una conferencia magistral en la estimación de biomasa y evapotranspiración  por medio de imágenes de satélite.

More information can be found here.


 
2013-08-15 eLEAF appoints new Managing Director

The shareholders of eLEAF have appointed Maurits Voogt as Managing Director of eLEAF. Maurits serves eLEAF since 2006 and was Deputy Director of eLEAFs predecessor WaterWatch from 2009 till 2011.
Wim Bastiaanssen changed position and is now employed as Remote Sensing and Water Management Specialist.


 
2013-07-03 Smart ICT project presented on Dutch radio

This morning, an item on the eLEAF activities in the IFAD Smart ICT project was broadcasted on Dutch national radio (Radio 1). NOS Nieuws interviewed Gijs Simons on the eLEAF data services through internet and SMS aimed at smallholder farmers in African countries, against the background of the launch of the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) program by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Smart ICT activities of eLEAF in sending SMS updates on crop growth and irrigation advice, as well as providing field-specific spatial information through web portals, are viewed as an example of what the Dutch government hopes to achieve with the G4AW program. For listening to the full interview (in Dutch), please click here.


 
2013-06-28 eLEAF contributes to Sana'a workshop

Yemen has numerous aid projects to improve the water use efficiency of scarce water resources. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Yemen has defined its Multi Annual Strategic Plan (MASP). Part of the approach in the MASP is the introduction of water related planning tools in order to assist the Yemeni government in short, mid and long term planning.

A workshop was set up in order to discuss water resources and food security conditions with a large variety of water stakeholders in Yemen. This workshop was organized jointly between FAO and EKN. eLEAF contributed to this meeting by presence of Wim Bastiaanssen.


 
2013-06-10 User feedback FruitLook

Ruben Goudriaan of eLEAF visited the Western Cape as part of the FruitLook project. In cooperation with Caren Jarmain of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Ruben met various stakeholders to discuss the future course of FruitLook. The main aim was to define new applications based on the FruitLook data, such as a Smartphone App allowing farmers to view the data infield with GPS functionality. Such a tool can improve the efficiency of field visits by the farmer and would ensure data access all over the Western Cape.


 
2013-05-29 Feedback from Ethiopia

With the recent end of the first season of Smart ICT data services in the Arata Chufa irrigation scheme (Ethiopia), the project partners IWMI, eLEAF and DLV Plant as well as funding agency IFAD paid a joint visit to the project area. The impact of the services during the first pilot season was examined. Particularly the eLEAF irrigation advice by SMS turns out to be much appreciated by the local users. 


 
2013-04-01 New season on FieldLook.ru

eLEAF will continue its data stream on fieldlook.ru  during the 2013 growing season. Farmers in the Ukraine and Russia can now zoom in on their crops and obtain satellite based quantitative data on water use, crop production and nitrogen condition.

More information can be found at www.fieldlook.ru.

 


 
2013-03 WATPLAN training sessions

For the Operational Monitoring Product for Planning and Water Allocation in the International Incomati Basin (WATPLAN) EU FP7 project technical training sessions are organized in March 2012 in South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. The main objective is to demonstrate the use of the operational monitoring system and get stakeholders feedback regarding the data uses and web application. During the training three case studies were presented and included exercises and demonstrations.

More information on WatPLAN can be found an www.watplan.com and www.watplan.eu.


 
2013-03-29 FruitLook workshops in South Africa

Last week eLEAF staff visited the Western Cape as part of the FruitLook service. Ruben Goudriaan and Annemarie Klaasse met with farmers, consultants, policy makers and scientists to discuss the potential and applications of FruitLook. Users shared experiences on how the FruitLook service adds value to their day-to-day business.

An attendant for example used FruitLook to delineate disease affected areas in his apple orchard resulting in a huge reduction in pesticide application, saving money and the environment.


 
2013-03-19 SMS service Egypt successfully launched

Last Tuesday, a one-day capacity building workshop was organized in Nubaria City, Egypt, to kick off the operational Smart ICT Text Message Service in Egypt. Farmers and extension officers were present to be informed on the benefits of using the system and to receive instructions on the use of the service. The quantitative, spatial information that is available through the Egyptian Fieldlook platform is transformed into qualitative information that is transferred by SMS and can directly be interpreted by farmers in the field. For more information on the IFAD-funded Smart ICT project, please visit www.smartict-africa.com .


 
2013-01-04 Continuation FruitLook secured

The continuation of the FruitLook platform in the Western Cape, South Africa is secured. FruitLook enables farmers and water managers to obtain quantitative data on crop production and water usage.

The FruitLook service is provided by eLEAF together with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and funded by the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape.  FruitLook triggers conscious use of fresh water supplies in the Western Cape. More information can be found on www.fruitlook.co.za .