Using geospacial data to develop economy innovation in Africa & Latin America

Thanks to geospacial data and earth observation, unlocking data economies potential in Africa & Latin America for more resilient, inclusive and sustainable societies

Agora space
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
12:10 to 12:30

Digital and data economy (particularly geo spatial data) have the potential to bring large-scale improvements in areas such as sustainable investments and government services to citizens. The session was structured around two case studies:

  • The Digital Innovation Hub in Senegal that aims to provide services linked to earth observation (example : monitoring of agriculture through geospatial data to achieve food security)
  • A Data management Tool Project in Latin America based on a multi-dimensionnal approach (climate, due diligences,risk) to better allocate the financial support toward sustainable investments (energy, agriculture)

The session presented the impacts of such solutions and raised specific issues (ethical, governance frameworks) in order to interact with the participants.


Challenges for the future use of geospatial data range from helping banks to make sustainable investment decisions to increasing the number of women in space, the panel heard. The three main priorities for regions including Africa and Latin America are accessing data, using the data to develop new tools, and training people to master and use the data. The panel concluded that geospatial data has enormous power and potential, and that Africa is leading the way for Europe in many cases when it comes to innovation.


Gayane FAYE
Lecture &Researcher, Senegalese Space program manager
Laboratoire de Teledetection Appliquee / Cheikh Anta DIOP University
Philippe LATTES
claude TORRE
Agence Française de Développement

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