Negative weather events and climate change present an ongoing global challenge for agricultural production and food security, particularly for the poor in developing countries. Unforeseen weather events and changing agricultural conditions can lead to decreased agricultural productivity, increased and volatile food prices, and food insecurity and malnutrition. Being able to track environmental conditions and better predict harvest levels would give policymakers the ability to prepare for potential food shortages.
The Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) initiative stems from recent technological advances in Earth observations. The initiative, built in response to the G20 Agricultural Minister's goal of reducing food price volatility, aims to reduce volatility by providing timely forecasts of crop production and early warnings of potentially significant harvest shortfalls on a national, regional, and international basis.
Download the workplan for GeoGlam.