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.

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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 an agency-wide Food Security Office to partner with 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.

The objectives of the partnership are the following:

Earth observations
  • Advance the use of Earth observations for enhanced food security and improved agricultural practices, especially for economic progress, humanitarian pursuits, resilience, and sustainability.
  • Increase the adoption of Earth observations applications and broaden the suite of organizations routinely using them to inform decisions.
  • Enhance awareness within food security and agricultural communities of upcoming Earth observing satellite missions and encourage the community development of new applications.
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  • Convey the value of applied benefits of Earth observations for agriculture and food security to new stakeholders in government, universities, NGOs, the private sector, and the interested public.

Food Security Team

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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

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.


Sean McCartney
Food Security Coordinator

Stephanie Uz
Applied Sciences Manager

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