NASA Food Security Initiative

NASA recognizes that global food security and resilience represents a major societal challenge for the coming decades. Growing human population, increased demand for water and energy, and a changing climate have contributed to expanded concerns centered on food supply, production, resiliency, price volatility, and vulnerability.

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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 an agency-wide Food Security Office located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to partner with the Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium (EOFSAC).

The objectives of the partnership are the following:

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  • Advance the use of Earth observations for enhanced food security and improved agricultural practices, especially for humanitarian pursuits, economic progress, resilience, and sustainability.
  • Increase the adoption of Earth observations applications and broaden the suite of organizations routinely using them to inform decisions and actions.
  • 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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  • Advance impact assessment techniques quantifying the benefits of Earth observations, increasing the number of case studies across sectors and decision types.
  • Advance communication of the benefits of Earth science and observations by via tools such as newsletters, publications, and social media.
  • Create connections between the Earth science and food security or agriculture communities.
  • 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.


The Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium (EOFSAC) 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

Christa Peters-Lidard
Acting Applied Sciences Manager & Deputy Director for Hydrosphere, Biosphere and Geophysics

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