Providing crop monitoring services for food security decision makers ....

GMFS is an European Space Agency (ESA) funded project. It is part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security Services Element (GSE).

"GMFS aims to provide earth observation based services and encourage partnerships in monitoring Food Security and related environmental processes in Africa, by concerting efforts to bring data and information providers together, in order to assist stakeholders, nations and international organizations to better implement their policies towards sustainable development."

GMFS provides Early Warning, Agricultural Monitoring and CFSAM support services in support of food security monitoring activities in Africa. GMFS partners with key actors in the sector at the international (EC and UN), regional (Regional Economic Communities or key institutes) and national level (Ministries of Agriculture or national Food Security Monitoring groupings). At national level GMFS Activities focus on: Senegal, Niger, Mali, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.


GMFS3 will hold its 10th progress meeting at JRC in Ispra, Italy on 21-22 / 03 /2013

On 12 December 2012 VITO has launched its Africa Portal
Bringing together the various Remote Sensing efforts towards Africa that VITO is leading or strongly involved in, offering a more comprehensive view on Workshops, Software Tools, Integrated Applications and available Remote Sensing Data Sets

Mr lieven Bydekerke presented during the Plenary Session of the EUMETSAT User Forum in Addis Ababa, the main achievements for 2012 of GMFS3

GMFS3 third user board and scientific group meeting was held at UN-ECA in Addis Ababa during the 10th EUMETSAT User Forum on 2-3 October 2012.

GMFS3 held its 8th progress meeting at VITO in Berchem, Belgium on 20-21 / 06 /2012

GMFS3 held its 7th progress at JRC in Ispra Italy on 08-09 / 03 / 2012

GMFS3 Second user board and scientific group meeting was held at RCMRD in Nairobi on 29-30 November 2011

CYVM Service - July 2012
In collaboration with the FP-7 AGRICAB project a SPIRITS training was organized for the GMFS3 CYVM Users in Senegal from 16-20 / 07/ 2012

Cultivated AreaMalawi - July 2012
Experts of sarmap and RCMRD are finalizing the cultivated area map for the test sites in Malawi using the updated FOODSECURITYSCAPE tool

Soil Moisture Service - June 2012
GeoVille produced two new indicators based on the SWI- images (see quick look), products are operationaly distributed to all partners.

Training and fieldwork in Malawi in the last week of May 2012 - May 2012
EFTAS and ITA are organizing a training and fieldwork in Malawi for the Ministry of Agriculture.

ENVISAT-MERIS Problems - April 2012
Since the firts Dekad of April a problem with ENVISAT has been detected, MERIS RR and FR are no longer distributed, this has an impact on the DDS and CYVM Service of GMFS, alternative data is being provided to the users.


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