I had the same, this is a strong presentation of a good idea. Two problems brought together to form a new opportunity sounds great! So cool that they have all these big organizations behind them that support them. I really hope the project gains more traction and becomes a success.
Waddah Fadul , It looks like a great project and well thought through. I'm really wondering how you are involving the local community in this as their support seems vital to me. Furthermore, I'm curious on the total area that you wish to monitor. Lastly, which other type of applications/areas/problemsolving do you forsee with this technology?
p.s. I have a friend in The Netherlands who is programming remote sensing algorithms to detect soil moisture and vegetation types from satalite data. The company is called VanDerSat, maybe they can help you in any way.