The Food Security Platform provides the following services to its users:

  • An easy to use cloud platform offering direct access to key satellite products and derived data, backed up by a scalable processing infrastructure.
  • Access to tools for computing basic key indices (e.g. NDVI) on the fly, and for visualising and manipulating them. To allow for an easy way of calculating indices with standard EO software (SNAP) or by scripting (R), the respective templates to calculate user-defined indices using these software packages are provided.
  • Provision of high-accuracy, quality checked biophysical parameters, suitable for use in operational scenarios. In addition, high-quality Sentinel-2 Bottom-of-Atmosphere (BoA) reflectance products are available as input for user-developed services. EO products for Service Pilot regions are available in product collections on the platform and can be discovered using the Food Security TEP Analyst. The provision of these EO products for other regions and time periods can be requested from the service providers. 

  • The ability to easily develop new services, with the ability to share processors and outputs only with selected user groups. Non-experts can easily develop their own algorithms using standard software packages (SNAP, R Studio, Orfeo, QGIS), while advanced users are able to deploy their own software and algorithms on the platform using the widely-used Docker platform technology.
  • Provision of complementary non-EO data for integration into service processors. The following data sets will be integrated into the platform by descending order. To understand how to access these datasets please consult the user manual, visit the user forums or contact the Food Security TEP Support.
Complementary data catalogue
Supplemental Dataset Spatial res.
ALOS Global Digital Surface Elevation Model 30 m
Copernicus Pan-European High Resolution Layers
20 m
GFSAD30 Global Cropland Extent
30 m
Harmonized World Soil Database (HWSD)
30 arcsec
European Soil Database Derived Data
1 km
CHIRPS global meteorological data
FAO-UN Global Administrative Unit Layers (GAUL)
ESA CCI Global Landcover
300 m
Gridded Population of  the World
30 arcsec
ViWA Global Yield and Water Use Efficiency Maps
30 arcsec


  • Access to the Food Security TEP user community, allowing service providers to interact with a range of users through dedicated forums.
  • Technical support from the Food Security Platform team, including addition of new features and data upon user request (subject to available resources).
  • Free resources and support to selected application developers via ESA sponsorship in the early project phases (starting June 2018). Trial applications that have large resource needs can approach the project team for possible options.