EO for Agriculture Under Pressure 2024 workshop, took place between 13-16 of May 2024, in Frascati Italy.

The workshop explored the role of Earth Observation in addressing the steadily growing pressures on agriculture and the entire food system to increase global production while ensuring healthy, nutrient-rich products and sustainability, in a context where increased resilience and adaptation to climate change is needed as well as more transparent markets and less speculation, to avoid price fluctuations that prevent a regular access to food for large populations.

The event brought together a notable number of participants, with 300 attendees in person from 43 different countries and more than 500 joining online connecting a diverse audience from various locations.

The overall goal of the event is to gather the community in order to present the state of the art and identify main EO research challenges in supporting sustainable agriculture under pressure.

The workshop also included six panel discussions addressing specific issues such as the transition from R&D to operations and integrating in-situ and EO data. These panels included scientists, policy makers, policy owners, and user organizations, providing a platform for diverse perspectives.

A dedicated session highlighted twenty European Commission (EC) and European Space Agency (ESA) projects. This session also initiated the ESA Agriculture Science Cluster‘s first meeting, held the day after the workshop, where THEROS also participated in. More info is available here.

A comprehensive overview and discussion of the current state of the art was enabled by ten technical sessions, ranging from missions and data in the “agri-space” up to community support tools. These sessions featured 60 presentations selected from 175 abstracts by a scientific committee of 43 experts. The presentations facilitated discussions on recent research and technological developments.

Two poster sessions complemented the technical sessions, presenting over 100 posters. These sessions offered young scientists an opportunity to network and share their research with more experienced professionals.

THEROS was represented by Mrs. Dimitra Tsiakou, member of the coordinating team of ICCS, who delivered a poster presentation entitled “THEROS: An Integrated Toolbox Enhancing Verification in Food Supply Chains“.

The poster is available here.