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The Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS) Unit Mission
Focusing on crop production, agricultural activities and rural development, the MARS Unit provides timely forecasts, early assessments and the scientific underpinning for efficient monitoring and control systems. The work serves the Agriculture and Food policies of the European Union, their impact on rural economies and on the environment, encompassing the global issues of food security and climate change.
SPIRITS software officially launched at the AFRICAGIS 2013 - GSDI conference in Addis Abeba on Nov. 6th
Trainee position available: deadline for application 21.02.2014
The objective of the proposed position is to contribute to the validation of various operational rainfall products using gauge data to be spatially interpolated. The test area is likely to be based on gauge data from a French speaking African country.
Full information at: http://recruitment.jrc.ec.europa.eu/showprj.php?type=T&id=2083
Latest News & Events
Launch of FAO/JRC elearning course: "Remotely Sensed Information for Crop Monitoring and Food Security - Techniques and methods for arid and semi-arid areas"
This course describes how the information derived from remote sensing is obtained and best used for crop monitoring in a food security context. It outlines what the exact meanings of the products are and shows how their early warning and food availability information contents can be combined...
The main purpose of the conference will be to focus on technical implementation and discuss how to translate the legal framework and the various field realities occurring in Member States into common conceptual features and technical specifications for the IACS, including LPIS. The aim is to...
Crop Monitoring and Yield Forecasting in North African and Southern Mediterranean countries - Rabat, Morocco 19-21/11/2014
The main objectives of the workshop are an exchange of information on the ongoing programs and systems implemented and on future projects in the area of agriculture monitoring and yield forecasting in order to identify common problems, new challenges, and opportunities for future scientific a...
Information for Meeting Africa's Agricultural Transformation and Food Security Goals (IMAAFS) Conference, 1-3 October 2014 Addis Abeba
The overall goal of the conference is to motivate continent-wide production, exchange and storage of available evidence for informing Africa’s agricultural transformation towards improved food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture
The MARS unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the Joint Research Centre is pleased to announce the“LPIS (linked with GAEC-greening) workshop” which will take place from 13:00 Wednesday, 24th September to 14:00 Friday 26th September 2014 in Brussels,...
Latest Bulletins & Publications
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa is the largest Ebola outbreak in terms of numbers of cases recorded and geographical zones affected. This outbreak is likely to have direct and indirect impacts on household food security and livelihoods in the three most affected countrie...
Campaign review 2014
Excellent season for grain maize with record yields
MARS_Bulletin_VOL22_No13.pdf 3.11 MB
Weakly hardened crops in western and central Europe
MARSBulletin_Vol22No12.pdf 989.68 kB
Predominantly favourable sowing conditions despite some delays
MARS_BulletinVol22No11.pdf 6.94 MB
The analyses based on satellite imagery and meteorological data presented in this report indicate above-average vegetation conditions and no major concerns for the 2014 Kremti season in Eritrea. Moreover, the abundant and well distributed rains throughout the season could ensure the first goo...