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The Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium (EOFSAC) is a new, multidisciplinary program commissioned by NASA and led by the University of Maryland to enhance the use of satellite data in decision making related to food security and agriculture domestically and globally.

Events such as food price spikes and food shortages related to severe weather underscore the risks associated with knowledge gaps around food production and supply. Decision makers gaining access to timely, objective, accurate, and actionable information can strengthen food security, market stability, and human livelihoods. It is from this decision maker perspective that the EOFSAC is driven: we are focused on enhancing the uptake and transition of satellite data and the methods to use it by those working in the realms of food security and agriculture. Through a multidisciplinary Consortium of over 40 partners who are leaders in their fields, we are advancing the state of the science and the adoption of Earth observations in support of informed decisions for food security & agriculture.

Goals

EOFSAC’s goals include increased food security and resiliency, reduced price volatility and vulnerability, and improved awareness and understanding of the applications of NASA’s and other satellite data products by users from a wide range of sectors. We are partnering top researchers, humanitarian aid organizations, economists, policymakers, agribusiness, the financial sector, defense, intelligence, high tech, and other disciplines and sectors to accomplish these goals. EOFSAC activities will span 2017-2022, with a strong emphasis on operational transition of current and Consortium-developed R&D, as facilitated by novel Communications and Outreach efforts. Through this Consortium approach, we can strengthen current and foster new linkages and relationships between previously unconnected communities, creating new opportunities for knowledge creation and dissemination - a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Earth Observations Transform Approaches to Food Security