Lagos to Mombasa: What Can Space Tech Do for Africa?

March 02, 2023

In the past year, the Horn of Africa has seen its worst droughts in 40 years. West Africa has experienced historical flood levels. Southern African has endured both cyclones and droughts. Globally, African countries are facing the worst impacts of climate change; yet climate adaptation remains a complex, multisectoral challenge.

In this second season of Lagos to Mombasa, we're taking a deep dive into the intricacies of climate change and development, examining the implications for African countries, and looking for innovative solutions to prevent future crises.

One such solution may come from the skies. Space-based technologies—think satellite-based communications, GPS, weather tracking—are increasingly important and attainable. Over a dozen African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and more, already have space programs, and the number is rising.  

In this first episode of Season 2, Gyude reflects on the nature of the climate challenge and invites two space experts to Lagos to Mombasa: Temidayo Oniosun, the managing director of Space in Africa, and Rose Croshier, a non-resident fellow at CGD (after recording this episode, she joined the US Office of Space Commerce as an international relations specialist). Together they discuss the intersections of space technology with extreme weather events, agriculture and food security, and regional capacity and preparedness.  

You can listen to Lagos to Mombasa here on our website or find it on The CGD Podcast on AppleGoogleSpotify, or Stitcher


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