NASA Food Security Program

NASA recognizes that global food security and resilience represents a major societal challenge for the coming decades. Earth observations and Earth science data, models, and knowledge, provide essential information and tools to support the functioning and resilience of food systems.

NASA is interested in exploring and determining how remote sensing data can help to transform the understanding of, and approaches to, agriculture and food security.

To achieve these goals NASA has established Harvest—a multidisciplinary NASA-funded program led by the University of Maryland to enhance the use of satellite data in decision making related to food security and agriculture.


  • Explores the research needs and technical barriers that limit the operational use of Earth observations by decision makers.

  • Facilitates complementary NASA intra-program coordination.

  • Coordinates NASA representation on governmental food production and distribution initiatives, assisting interagency programs that use NASA resources.

  • Fosters the assimilation of satellite and airborne remote sensing data into Earth systems models and other tools designed to address global food security challenges.

  • Assists with inter-agency coordination to advance state-of-the-art technology to public and private agencies focused on global food security challenges and to ensure that food security science and applications are incorporated into new satellite missions.

  • Overview

    NASA Goddard partners with Harvest, a Consortium led by the University of Maryland, to enhance the use of satellite data in decision making related to food security and agriculture.


    NASA Harvest

    Harvest will address various aspects of the application of Earth observations to domestic and global agriculture and food security, anchoring a broad network of partners drawn from universities, government agencies, NGOs, and the private sector.

    Applied Sciences Program

    NASA Applied Sciences

    The NASA Applied Sciences Program funds projects that enable innovative uses of NASA Earth science data in organizations' policy, business, and management decisions. The project results and enhanced decision making improve the quality of life and strengthen the economy.


    Applied Sciences Manager:

    Stephanie Uz


    Jamie Dulaney

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