Global Monitoring for Food Security
|Project type:||Long Term Management|
|Time frame:||2003 - 2004|
|Geographic keyword: Africa|
|General keyword: Operational management|
|Specific keyword: Food Security|
Contribution to Global Monitoring for Food Security
GMFS is one of the ten ESA approved projects within the GMES initiative. GMES is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Space Agency, designed to establish a European capacity for the provision and use of operational information for Global Monitoring of Environment and Security. The GMFS project was started in March 2003, and will run initially for 20 months. After that, GMFS stage 2 will be submitted for approval by ESA for funding up to 2008.
The GMFS project is implemented by a consortium lead by VITO (B) in collaboration with SYNOPTICS (NL), SARMAP (CH), AVIA-GIS (B), GIM (B), TRASYS (B), and ESYS (UK). The objective of the GMFS project is to improve the existing provision of operational and sustainable information services to assist food aid and food security decision-makers at the regional and global level.
The goal is to provide accurate and timely information (early estimates) on crop yield, acreage & production figures. In consequent phases, GMFS aims to build, together with other key players in the sector, a European Observatory for Food Security, to guarantee a state-of-the-art operational monitoring and forecasting service on agricultural production and food security issues, to support the European food security policy.
GMFS currently concentrates on Sub-Saharan Africa, where the service is set up and demonstrated in Senegal (2003 and 2004) and Malawi (2004). The work is done in close cooperation with existing local early warning units and organizations involved in food security.
The role of Avia-GIS in GMFS Stage 1 is (i) to contribute together with VITO to project operational management and (ii) the design of country tailored integrated food security approaches based on the GMFS port folio (e.g. Malawi: see report attached). In addition Avia-GIS has provided classification tools to integrate field observations with low and medium resolution EO data layers (see document 2 attached). In GMFS stage two livestock related spatial products will be produced as an added value to the existing GMFS crop products (proposal submitted).
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