South-to-South Cooperation in Multi-Source Satellite Data for Improving Food Security

Timo Balz, Ruonan Gao, Walter Musakwa, James Magidi, Zhenfeng Shao

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This study aims to highlight the importance of south-to-south cooperation in remote sensing and present preliminary results from our joint project between China and South Africa, focusing on multi-sensor remote sensing data for food security. Scientometric analysis was used to demonstrate growing research output and cooperation among countries in the Global South. Furthermore, the first results of our crop classification methods were presented on a test site in the Sanjiang Plain, China. The preliminary crop classification results from this test site showed promising accuracy. South-to-south cooperation in remote sensing has the potential to address shared challenges and promote sustainable development through exchange of knowledge and resources. The ongoing joint project between China and South Africa demonstrates the benefits of such collaboration in developing robust remote sensing techniques for improved food security monitoring and decision making in the Global South.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2024
EventISPRS Technical Commission I Midterm Symposium on Intelligent Sensing and Remote Sensing Application - Changsha, China
Duration: 13 May 202417 May 2024


  • Classification
  • Food security
  • Global South
  • Remote sensing
  • South-to-south cooperation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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