International Meeting on Food Security, Earth Observations and Agricultural Monitoring

When: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Where: Secure World Foundation premises, Rue de la Science 14B, 1040 Brussels.

Improving crop yield assessment and forecasting at the global level is a priority in order to better plan food availability and cope with the world demand regarding agricultural goods. This was clearly recognized at the G20 Summit in 2011 under the French presidency; where practical measures were agreed on to cope with a range of food security issues. More specifically, the GEO (Group on Earth Observation) Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM) was one of the measures that were decided at the G20 Summit, aimed at improving Earth Observation efforts to monitor agriculture and support crop prediction at the global level. 

Secure World Foundation (SWF), European Commission (EC) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat are partnering this year to organize an international meeting under the banner "Food Security, Earth Observations and Agricultural Monitoring".

The purpose of this meeting is to assess the situation regarding global observational facilities, models, and derived services needed to meet the demand in developed and developing countries regarding agricultural production. The workshop should report on the progress made in implementing Global Observation Systems for services in the domain of monitoring aspects of agricultural production. Current, planned and potential activities will be reviewed, as well as progress made for obtaining the necessary resources to implement those activities. The workshop will contribute to the implementation plan necessary to put in place the GEOGLAM system, as well as to identify the necessary resources to sustain it with attention to national capacity development and food security.

The one-day conference will be held in Brussels on Thursday, November 21st. 2013 at the premises of Secure World Foundation located on Rue de la Science 14B, 1040 Brussels. 


The following are presentations from our expert speakers from the conference including:

The GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) Program

Global and Regional initiatives/programs in food security monitoring

Overview of National agricultural monitoring activities

GEOGLAM Implementation

 For further information, please contact Natassa Antoniou.

Last updated on December 30, 2013