Tackling drought issues for food security

"This summer’s drought is a harsh reminder of how unusual weather can cause havoc for farmers – even in a rich part of the world like Western Europe. While there is a wealth of satellite data available to help predict the risk of drought, it can be daunting for a non-expert to handle. ESA’s Food Security Thematic Exploitation Platform makes this task much easier."

Read more on what the Food Security TEP can do to support managing droughts in this article on the ESA website.


Apply for sponsored usership!

Do you have a great idea of how to use satellite information to help making agricultural in Europe and Africa sustainably more efficient? Do you want to try out the unique capabilities of the Food Security TEP as well? So we have good news for you! There is a limited budget still available for additional users within our Early Adopters Program! 

At the moment please contact us (info@foodsecurity-tep.net) with your short proposal of what you want to do. The invitation for short proposals is open as long as there is budget left, so take your chances today and contact us. If you are still unsure, please come back to this website soon as we will provide more information and help for applications on our website soon.

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Dear users, the platform maintenance has finished and the platform is available again since 14:00 CET. Many thanks for patience! ------- Dear Food Security TEP user, due to an unexpected maintenance issue on the platform, the platform itself will be unavailable today until 17:00 CET. Yet, our website will remain unaffected. Please excuse the inconvenience!

Supporting Sustainable Intensification of Farming

Farming shapes our landscapes and brings food to our tables. Global population is rising, but natural resources are limited. Hence, farming needs to stay within sustainable boundaries, so that there is no negative effect on the environment, that would ultimately decrease the resources available to us. So finding this balance – intensification of agriculture to achieve food security for the global population while at the same time staying sustainable, is the main challenge agriculture faces in this century. Read more on an example of how EO can help sustainable intensification here.

Agriculture User Workshop 2018

On 5th and 6th of March 2018, the Food Security platform team organized a workshop at the ESRIN facilities of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Frascati, Italy bringing together its diverse agricultural user community. The workshop, titled “EO for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture”, brought together stakeholders from the public sector including science and education, from the farming and insurance industry as well as from organizations providing EO services. More details can be found here.

Aquaculture User Workshop

On March 8, 2018 Hatfield Consultants led a user workshop titled “Supporting Sustainable Aquaculture Production from Space” at FAO in Rome, Italy. It brought together various stakeholders to discuss the use of high-performance cloud-computing systems that use satellite Earth Observation (EO) datasets to support sustainable aquaculture development. A short summary as well as the presentations can be found here.

User Workshops & Survey

Participants of the User Workshops in Rome and Munich had the chance to give feedback and opinions, both via the discussion as well as via a questionnaire. If you are interested in taking part in the survey or the workshop outcomes than see our newest achievement topic.

User Workshop Rome

27/06/2017 - The second FS-TEP international User Community Requirements Workshop in Rome was held during the SIGMA-Sen2Agri-JECAM Meeting at FAO headquarters. The FS-TEP User Community Requirements workshops are a first step to animate and involve the large agricultural EO user community, especially those stakeholders defined as pillars of the “Partnership for Growth and Sustainability” during the 2016 EO4Food Workshop in Frascati, Italy. 46 experts from both Africa and Europe convened to discuss the needs of the agriculture community and the potential services, products and functionality of the future Food Security Platform.

See also Achievements

User Workshop Munich

01/06/2017 - First regional User Community Requirements Workshop has been successfully accomplished. Eight German and international organizations had followed the invitation to convene at the BayWa AG headquarters in Munich, Germany to discuss the gaps and needs of enterprises, science and international organizations with regard to EO products and services for agricultural applications.

Find out more under achievements: [Munich Workshop accomplished]