ESSA Project

Earth Observation and Environmental Sensing for Climate-Smart Sustainable Agropastoral Ecosystem Transformation in East Africa (ESSA) Project


The ESSA Project Titled: “Earth observation and environmental sensing for climate-smart sustainable agropastoral ecosystem transformation in East Africa – is an action implemented by University of Helsinki (Helsingin Yliopisto), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Delft Institute for Water Education (IHE), University of Nairobi (UoN), Addis Ababa University (AAU) School of Earth Sciences, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research under the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Council Secretariat (EARCS), Ethiopian Agricultural research Council Secretariat (EARCS), Regional Center for Mapping the Resources for Development (RCMRD).

Objectives of the project

The project aims to contribute to the pastoralist households’ transition towards climate-smart agropastoral systems in sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya) by understanding the dynamics of and interlinkages between tropical upland forest cover and semi-arid lowland landscapes, and the multifunctionality of agropastoral landscapes, through a system-wide view of food and nutrition security, diversified livelihoods and ecosystem sustainability leading to improvements.

Target Areas:

Ethiopia:  Munessa and Yebello

Kenya:  Machakos ( Kapiti), Makueni(Kibwezi), and Taita Taveta Counties