The Spurring a Transformation for Agriculture through Remote Sensing (STARS) project explores the uses and opportunities of both established and new remote sensing based technologies and tools as a pathway for the monitoring of agriculture for food security. STARSis funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through the University of Twente, Netherlands and is a collaborative effort by various research institutions. It is being implemented in Asia (Bangladesh), West Africa (Nigeria and Mali) and East Africa (Tanzania and Uganda).
The University of Maryland (UMD) is leading activities for the East Africa project; main research partners are the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC), Tanzania; Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA); Environmental Surveys, Information, Planning & Policy Systems (ESIPPS) Uganda Limited; International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); MANOBI; and Agricultural Assessments International Corporation (AAIC).
The project aims to enhance tools and methods for the monitoring of agriculture for food security using remote sensing in Tanzania and to explore private sector use and applications of remote sensing data for agriculture. The project will advance, adapt and develop new remote sensing techniques and applications in close collaboration with the end-user community in Tanzania.