EO for Agriculture Under Pressure

There is a steadily growing pressure on agriculture and the entire food system to increase the global production, while at the same time ensuring healthy, nutrient-rich products and sustainability both in the terms of sufficient income for farmers and in terms of impact on the soil and other inputs, as well as on the environment and the climate.

This challenge is amplified by the impacts of a changing climate, in particular more frequent and stronger extreme weather events, which requires the agricultural production to adapt to become more resilient. In addition, more openly shared, objective information about important market-determining factors such as yield estimates and forecasts is required in order to ensure transparent markets and less speculation, and thereby avoid price fluctuations that prevent a regular access to food for large populations.

As was demonstrated in the EO for Agriculture Under Pressure 2020 online workshop, EO is already contributing to solving the food system challenges described above and has the potential to further increase its contribution significantly. Copernicus, through the free and open access to regular and frequent observations of high quality from its Sentinels, in particular Sentinel-1 and -2, has already boosted the development of agricultural applications during the last years.

Since the 2020 workshop the Next Generation of Copernicus Sentinels are under preparation as well as the new Copernicus Sentinel Expansion missions which will add e.g. hyperspectral, thermal and L-band SAR capabilities. Recent missions are already demonstrating some of these capabilities, such as PRISMA, EnMAP and ECOSTRESS and soon NISAR. ESA’s Earth Explorer FLEX with expected launch end 2025 will add to these capabilities by measuring the photosynthetic activity of vegetation, opening up new possibilities e.g., in terms of early detection of plant stress. Additionally, a growing number of commercial Earth Observation constellations providing very frequent observations are further increasing the capability of EO to support agriculture.

At ESA’s Living Planet Symposium 2022 in Bonn, we already saw many demonstrations of progress, and additional ones in the agriculture sessions of the recent joint EC-ESA workshop on Science for a Green and Sustainable Society in the context of the joint EC-ESA Earth System Science Initiative.


In this context the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission (EC), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and GEOGLAM are co-organising the EO for Agriculture Under Pressure 2024 Workshop following up from these previous events and bringing together the large community working on EO-based science and solutions for agriculture as well as users, including scientists, data and service providers, national and international agencies and other institutions and organisations in order to present and discuss the state of the art, evolving needs, and priority areas for future projects of Horizon Europe and FutureEO.

Schedule and Deadlines

Abstract submission opening January 2023
Abstract submission closure 20 February 2024
Notification of acceptance mid-March 2024
Issue of Preliminary Programme end-March 2024
Registration Opening April 2024
Issue of Final Programme April 2024
Workshop 13-16 May 2024


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