The European GNSS Agency (GSA), an agency of the European Union (EU) that manages Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) programmes, EGNOS and Galileo, announced the return of the Farming by Satellite Prize. Registration is now open for young innovators to explore the use of satellite technologies in agriculture to enable sustainable farming practices, improve efficiency and reduce the environmental impact. The Farming by Satellite Prize is a joint initiative with the European Environment Agency (EEA) that also manages the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service and cross-service In Situ co-ordination.
The Farming by Satellite Prize is designed to encourage young professionals, farmers and students in Europe to create new, sustainable, and environmentally friendly solutions using Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo. The 2020 edition of the Farming by Satellite Prize includes the Special Africa Prize, which aims to encourage young Africans to also seek satellite-based solutions for their agricultural needs.
“It is clear that we need to make food production much more sustainable and lessen its impacts on the environment and climate. Satellite data, technology and innovation can support this change, which is why partnering with this initiative aligns well with the EEA’s commitment to protecting our nature, climate and human health.”, said Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency.