The core innovation in TAMASA project was application of geospatial technologies and modern tools to enhance maize agronomy at scale. As a core component of this, TAMASA Nigeria led an unprecedented multi-location acquisition of low-altitude fine resolution imageries with unmanned air vehicles (UAV), also called “Drones”, within maize-based farming systems. The innovative application of UAV in maize-based smallholder farming systems were targeted towards:
In order to deliver on these core objectives and to institutionalize the deliverables, TAMASA-Nigeria collaborated with Universities and designated governmental institutions that share similar mandates within the maize-target region. By collaborating with Bayero University Kano, which is the major TAMASA project implementation partner in Nigeria, we co-organized training on UAV flight mission planning and data collection, and also developed hands-on capabilities for researchers to implement flight missions. Further, in order to strengthen the ability of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) to replicate our approach and methods beyond TAMASA’s focal area and project timeframe, we established an MoU with the agency for collaboration on field data collection. Hence, we worked closely with BUK researchers and NASRDA staff to collect our data and share resources.