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Agriculture: Strategic Target

Before 2015, GEO aims to:

Improve the utilization of Earth observations and expanded application capabilities to advance sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries and forestry in areas including early warning, risk assessment, food security, market efficiency, and, as appropriate, combating desertification.

This will be achieved through:

  • a set of distributed joint experiments to compare and evaluate data and methods;
  • a series of thematic workshops for the Global Agricultural Monitoring Community of Practice;
  • capacity building, particularly for improved national agricultural monitoring;
  • sharing of operational applications and decision making support systems and tools;
  • establishing regional components of a global agricultural monitoring system of systems;
  • developing and adopting standards and common reporting formats;
  • advancing free and open data policies and data exchange;
  • advocating for data continuity, expanded data coverage and coordinated data acquisition;
  • closing critical spatial and temporal gaps in key observations;
  • collaborating and coordinating with the fisheries, aquaculture, forestry and land cover mapping communities, including the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD).

This will be demonstrated by:

  • Increased use of Earth observing capabilities and supporting applications systems to produce timely, objective, reliable, and transparent agricultural and forest statistics and information at the national and regional level.
  • Improved agricultural risk assessment and operational weather/climate forecast systems for early warning and food security.
  • Effective early warning of famine leading to more timely mobilization of an international response in food aid.
  • Expanded monitoring of agricultural land use change, through periodic regional and global assessments.
  • Development of quantitative measurements of global and regional desertification.
  • Increased capacity building through targeted workshops and joint multi-institution research teams.
  • Improved collaboration and coordination on the use and applications of Earth observations for fisheries, aquaculture, forestry and land cover mapping.