Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE)
An estimated 40% of the world’s crops are lost to pests. This impacts the ability of smallholders living in poor rural communities to feed their families. More broadly, it affects food supply chains, international trade and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. PRISE will create a pest risk forecasting system based on Earth Observation, meteorological and in situ data with the aim of providing risk forecasts and early warnings in time for smallholder farmers to take preventive action, increasing their resilience to pest outbreaks. PRISE is a 5-year project that started in January 2017. Assimila is responsible for the collection of a wide range of data sources to provide the inputs to biological models of pest development and risk. We are also responsible for implementation of the pest risk models developed by project partners and for overall integration and testing of the operational system. PRISE is funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), a five-year, £152 million programme that partners UK space expertise with governments and organisations in emerging and developing economies. The overall project is led by CAB International and has international partners in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia who will be initial users of the system.