Satellite imagery analysis 2022: Cropland change detection analysis in hard-to-reach areas





Mali has experienced a security crisis due to conflicts between armed groups and inter- and intra-community tensions in the northern parts of the country since 2012. Instability has spread to the central regions of the country since 2018 and gradually worsened, with conflict and insecurity impacting food security and livelihoods, as well as limiting access to affected areas.

To better understand the impact on food security and livelihoods in hard-to-reach areas, WFP has developed a methodology that relies on high-resolution satellite imagery to assess cropland change dynamics. This summary note presents the methodology and analysis results, including an estimate of population impacted by cropland losses.