The G20 Group on Earth Observations Global Agriculture Monitoring (GEOGLAM) Crop Monitor for Early Warning (CM4EW) is an international initiative that provides monthly transparent, multi-source, consensus assessments of the crop growing conditions, status, and agro-climatic conditions which are likely to impact production in countries vulnerable to food insecurity in order to strengthen agricultural, humanitarian intervention and food security decision making and policy implementations.
Regional - East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Central and Southern Asia, Central America & the Caribbean.
The CM4EW was developed in the framework of the international GEOGLAM Initiative as part of the “Countries at Risk” component, in response to the pressing need for enhanced early warning of crop shortfalls and for better coordination across the various agencies responsible for crop assessments in regions most at risk to food insecurity. Participants in the Crop Monitor for Early Warning are organizations concerned with food security which already monitor crop conditions as part of their early warning activities. CM4EW brings together a group of experts from these organizations to share and discuss information from a variety of independent, yet complementary sources in order to reach a consensus on global crop conditions. Partner organizations rely on a strong network of regional analysts and field observations supplemented by Earth observations data and meteorological information to fill information gaps related to food security at the global scale. In this context, the CM4EW serves to reduce uncertainty and strengthen decision support by providing actionable information, on a monthly basis, to national, regional and international agencies concerned with food security, through timely consensus assessment of crop conditions published within the monthly CM4EW bulletin.
A lack of timely and accurate information on crop conditions and prospects is a critical issue in the majority of Eastern and Southern Africa. Such actionable information is needed for informed and prompt decision-making with regard to early warning of crop shortfalls, emergencies, food insecurity, investments, and planning requirements for agricultural policies, trade, and markets. Based on its successful implementation globally, the Crop Monitor model is now being scaled and adapted for implementation within national ministries of agriculture in Africa to enhance the use and uptake of remote sensing data into crop monitoring activities and better inform food security decisions at national scale. This work is developed in coordination with RCMRD, the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development.
National Crop Monitors
The first national crop monitor for Kenya was released in mid-2018. Read about the Kenya crop monitor launch here. The Kenya National Crop Bulletin is published regularly on the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation website.
There is a regular regional bulletin published for Uganda. An end-of-season crop report has been integrated with the climate forecast for the first time in early 2019.
Read about the Uganda and Tanzania work on Supporting National Agricultural Monitoring for Food Security.
Training in Rwanda has been initialized for the first time with a 2019 training tour.
SERVIR provides co-funding for crop monitor work. Partner UCSB has been involved with many of the East Africa National Crop Monitor trainings.