Training workshop on satellite remote sensing-supported crop mapping and associated field data collection

Date 2 Mar 2021 to 4 Mar 2021
Contact Persons
Type Workshop


The UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 (“zero hunger”) aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. The Government of Nepal (GoN) recognizes the prevailing situation of food insecurity across the country and attaches high importance to ensuring food security for all. However, there is a need to build upon significant capacity in food security planning, monitoring and evaluation within the GoN to enable it to provide reliable and timely information to support planning and policy decision making processes.  

Monitoring and estimating crop acreage at a national scale is required to determine the national or sub-national food demand and supply balance, and its implications for food production and food security. Whether during times of world food shortages, or during periods of surplus, monitoring and estimating crop acreage requires long-term efforts. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also include doubling productivity and incomes of smallholders as key targets. Estimates and forecasts of crop area and yield are of critical importance to policy makers for the planning of agricultural production and monitoring of food supply. The operational use of open-source satellite-based and model information to monitor climate and crops at daily and seasonal levels for integrated analysis of crop performance provides a cost-effective means to support decision making processes.

To adopt new technologies in food security assessments, the Statistics Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) and ICIMOD’s SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative are codeveloping an operational service for crop area and yield estimation using remote sensing and machine learning.

Capacity building of agriculture professionals in the use of new technologies is a priority area to keep research aligned with recent technological developments. Earth Observation (EO) technologies have tremendous potential to support the implementation of long-term and large-scale research and development programmes and for resolving the data and information gaps in the agriculture sector – status and changes in land use, agricultural production, and resilience for food security, among many other aspects.

In this context, MoALD, in collaboration with ICIMOD and the World Food Programme (WFP), is organizing a three-day training workshop on satellite remote sensing supported crop mapping and associated field data collection processes on 02–04 March 2021 in Chitwan, Nepal.


This workshop aims to train professionals from relevant institutions on satellite data analysis for agriculture monitoring and food security assessment and associated field-based observations.  This training will also provide operational skills to field level professionals to engage in crop monitoring and yield estimation processes.

Expected Outcomes

The training is expected to strengthen co-development and adoption of methodologies for crop monitoring being jointly developed by MoALD and ICIMOD.

Expected Participants

A total of fifteen nominated agriculture officers and extension staff from Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Bara and Rupandehi districts in Nepal are expected to participate in this training.

Resource persons and facilitators

MoALD: Shib N. Shah, Ram K. Regmi, and Salik Paudel

ICIMOD: Faisal M Qamer, Birendra Bajracharya, Sravan Shrestha,Kiran Shakya, Rajesh Shrestha

WFP: Mann K. Chhetri


02–04 March 2021


  • Day 1 – Tuesday, 02 March 2021


    Programme description

    Resource persons





    Session 1: Opening session



    Welcome remarks

    Overview and objectives of the training

    Overview of the SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya Initiative

    Overview of ICIMOD and MoALD’s collaboration

    Opening remarks

    Ram K. Regmi, MoALD

    Faisal M. Qamer, ICIMOD

    Birendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD


    Shib N. Shah, MoALD

    Joint Secretary, MoALD (TBD)


    Group photo


    Coffee/ tea break



    Session 2: Overview of Earth observation applications



    Application of satellite remote sensing in the agriculture sector

    Principles of optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) remote sensing

    Faisal Qamer and Sravan Shrestha, ICIMOD


    Session 3: Learnings from rice area estimation 2020



    Field data collection in Covid-19 situation: Satellite remote sensing processing approach applied

    Review of the crop area estimate results for Chitwan and neighbouring districts

    Shib N. Shah/Salik Paudel, MoALD

    Sravan Shrestha, ICIMOD

    Ram K. Regmi, MoALD /Faisal Qamer, ICIMOD





    Session 4: GIS in food security assessment



    Use of GIS for food security assessments

    Drought Watch/CropScape Nepal

    Mann K. Chhetri, World Food Programme

    Shib N. Shah, MoALD/
    Faisal Qamer, ICIMOD


    Coffee/Tea break



    Session 5: Exploring online system for drought and food security assessment


  • Day 2 – Wednesday, 03 March 2021
  • Day 3 – Thursday, 04 March 2021