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USAID - Feed the Future intersections with NASA Harvest

Earth Observations for Agriculture and Food Security
What We Do

Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s Global Food Security initiative, takes an integrated approach to combating the root causes of hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. This program intersects with NASA Harvest to promote and further the use of Earth observations data for addressing food insecurity. 

Location

Global

How Satellites Make This Work

Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s Global Food Security initiative -- takes an integrated approach to combating the root causes of hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. This integrated approach is reflected in Feed the Future’s results framework, which brings together its three main objectives of inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, strengthened resilience among people and systems, and a well-nourished population, especially among women and children.

 

Various types of evidence are needed to inform the design and implementation of Feed the Future programs and activities, and effective monitoring and evaluation of its work also requires robust qualitative and quantitative evidence. With increasing launches of Earth-observing satellites, data policies allowing broader access to moderate and high-resolution Earth Observation (EO) data, and rapid advances in cloud and high-performance computing, EO data are increasingly seen as essential inputs to support Feed the Future’s work throughout the program cycle, from design to implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive decision making.

 

USAID and its partners are using EO data and applications in ways that directly correspond to Feed the Future’s strategic approach and results framework, and to do so in an accessible way. This approach provides an opportunity to open doors for a wider engagement with these data by the entire range of decision makers, from farmers in their plots, to researchers in universities, to decisionmakers in governments and multilateral institutions. NASA Harvest's work on Earth observations for food security and agriculture aligns with this goal of engagement across the spectrum of decision makers.

What’s Happening

In May 2019, Agrilinks held a month theme on Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture. Read more in the news item below or click here for the Agrilinks blogpost overview

 

On May 30, Agrilinks hosted a webinar on Rainfall, Greenness, and Temperature Indicators in Feed the Future: What they are and how to use them with NASA Harvest partners Brian Barker and Ritvik Sahajpal, part of the Feed the Future MEL Webinar Series. Watch the full webinar (Adobe Connect). 

Lead
Team Members
Gary Eilerts, FEWS NET
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