DFMS is part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), developed in cooperation with the Government of Uganda and led by the Ministry of Water and Environment. Its purpose is to support the Ugandan agricultural community by providing the tools that will help them sustain their existing way of life against the ongoing threat of climate change.

DFMS was created to help Ugandan organizations working in environmental associated activities to mitigate the impacts of droughts and floods, and enable them to make better-informed decisions around water, environment and agricultural management in Ugandan society.

In November 2019, the first operational version of DFMS was released for use by the Government of Uganda’s partners. This represented the start of the demonstration phase. The project was running successfully and to plan until the COVID-19 pandemic caused the majority of activities to halt. Uganda, like all countries, went into lockdown and has been hit hard by the economic impact. The project has now taken a different steer, where the consortium will be providing Uganda with the software to run the project moving forward in the first part of 2021.

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DFMS will help users mitigate the impact of droughts and floods by monitoring current conditions and delivering forecasts for up to 90 days ahead.

The product suite can also be used to support water, environmental and agricultural management through reliable and actionable information.

Information is provided through a clear dashboard-style interface that can be used out in the field as well as in the office.

The service is ideal for decision-makers in public and private organisations in the water, environmental and agriculture sectors. It can be used in any region, but has been developed specifically for Uganda and includes a dedicated land cover module for the Karamoja region.

Benefits

Local weather forecasts for the next 2, 7 and 90 days, including temperature, precipitation rate and wind.
Probability of flooding indicated by 2-, 7- and 90-day forecasts of water run-off, plus water extent and water height indicators.
Drought indicators including soil moisture, evapotranspiration, land surface temperature and vegetation index.
Information on crop and livestock conditions.
Identification of recently burned areas.
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A project to be proud of

RHEA Group and the DFMS consortium have worked hard to develop a sustainable, user-friendly system to enable the Ugandan agricultural sector to make better-informed decisions moving forward and help combat the increasing risk of floods and droughts. If DFMS can help improve the lives of the farming community and the villagers within Uganda, then this is a project that has been worthwhile.

COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect worldwide, both through its impact on health and through the economic impact for every country. Coupled with the ongoing threat of climate change, these types of projects are fundamental to help developing countries deal with the impact of the changing world. The consortium have all been proud to be part of this project.