Counting cows in South Sudan using satellite imagery

Dan Smaranda (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Data Science Hub) shares how his team are conducting a cattle census in South Sudan using satellite imagery. Livestock are critical to the livelihoods of millions of South Sudanese, but the current livestock population is largely unknown. New cattle estimates are needed to inform policies and investments. A traditional census is not possible due to the volatile security situation across the country, so satellites offer an innovative alternative. 

Recorded 12 August 2021 as part of the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Summer Sessions series.

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