Estimation of Teff Yield Using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques in Tigray Region, Northern Ethiopia

Teff is one of the most important cereal crops in Ethiopia where about 66% of the population relies on it for food. . It is a glutenfree food crop which has attracted much interest in the international market. Forecasting Teff crop yield well before harvest is crucial in Tigray as the region is characterised by climatic uncertainties. Given that drought is a common occurrence in the region, timely and quantitative information on expected Teff crop yield will improve the area food production and in turn improve the country’s food security. A timely assessment of emergency situation will also allow the regional government to intervene with specific measures that support local farmers. Remote sensing images are capable of identifying crop health as well as predicting its yield. In this study, Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) calculated from remote sensing images will be used to monitor crop growth and relate to crop yield. The satellite data will be validated using ground truth in farmer’s field.
Le Teff est l’une des cultures céréalières les plus importantes en Ethiopie, où environ 66% de la population s’en servent comme nourriture. Il est une culture vivrière sans gluten qui a suscité beaucoup d’intérêt sur le marché international. La prévision du rendement de culture du Teff bien avant la récolte est cruciale dans le Tigray comme la région est caractérisée par des incertitudes climatiques. Étant donné que la sécheresse est un phénomène fréquent dans la région, des renseignements opportuns et quantitatifs sur le rendement attendu de la culture de Teff permettront d’améliorer la production alimentaire de la région et à son tour améliorer la sécurité alimentaire du pays. Une évaluation rapide de la situation d’urgence permettra également au gouvernement régional d’intervenir avec des mesures spécifiques qui prennent en charge les agriculteurs locaux. Les images de télédétection sont capables d’identifier la santé de la culture ainsi que prédire son rendement. Danscette étude, l’indice normalisé de végétation de différence (NDVI) calculé à partir des images de télédétection sera utilisé pour surveiller la croissance de la culture et de l’associer au rendement de la culture. Les données satellitaires seront validées à l’aide de la vérité sur terrain dans le domaine des fermiers.
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