GEOGLAM aims to enhance agricultural production estimates through the use of Earth observations. It was developed in response to the G20 Agricultural Ministers' concern about reducing market volatility for the world's major crops. The initiative builds on recent advances in Earth observation technologies. These technologies have great potential to contribute to timely forecasts of crop production and early warnings of potentially significant harvest shortfalls.

The initiative's goal is to strengthen the international community's capacity to produce and disseminate relevant, timely and accurate forecasts of agricultural production at national, regional and global scales through the use of Earth observations.

GEOGLAM participants (notably the GEO Agriculture Community of Practice) have developed a high level GEOGLAM Work Plan document for the initiative that outlines the approach via six components:

  1. Enhancing global agricultural production monitoring systems;
  2. Building capacity at the national level to utilize Earth observations;
  3. Supporting the monitoring of countries at risk to improve food security;
  4. Improving the coordination of Earth observations for agricultural monitoring;
  5. Coordinating research and development (R&D) in support of improved operational agricultural monitoring; and
  6. Disseminating data, products and information.
The GEOGLAM initiative will require new levels of international coordination within the agricultural monitoring community. It will further develop this coordination through a series of networks and the organizations responsible for the coordination of Earth observations, such as the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The initiative outlines the desired linkages with the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), a partner initiative launched by the G20 Agricultural Ministers and endorsed by the G20 head of states and a key beneficiary of the GEOGLAM outputs. The initiative will be implemented within the framework of GEO and the Work Olan includes a governance structure.

For more information please visit the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring website by clicking here.