Crop Yield Variations in Smallholder African Systems

Improving the productivity of smallholder farms is thought to be a key component of the effort to reduce global poverty and increase food security, yet the productivity of smallholder farms remains poorly measured around the world.

Using SkySat imagery validated against two years of field data, new research shows that satellite imagery can be used to estimate and understand yield variation at the field scale across African smallholders at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional ground measurements.

Led by Marshall Burke and published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the full paper can be read here.