NASA Harvest Updates April 2019
We've had a busy month at NASA Harvest! Read below for updates from the program. Don't forget to join us for NASA Harvest Outreach Day on June 25th. See below for details.
Meghavi Prashnani, NASA Harvest Researcher and Dr. Chris Justice, NASA Harvest Chief Scientist visited Madhya Pradesh, the central state of India last month to meet farmers, tour the fields, and discuss how Earth observations can help them. View the video above to learn how the team is working to find the best possible satellite-based crop monitoring methods for smallholdings and diversified farming practices in this important agricultural area. 

Sharing Technology, Boosting Food Security & Sustainability in the Field
NASA Harvest is partnering with Lutheran World Relief to bring valuable satellite imagery data to small-plot farmers in Mali. Coordinating the use of remote sensing with LWR's expertise in field data facilitates more effective crop analysis.

Catherine Nakalembe, NASA Harvest East Africa Lead, led four intensive remote sensing trainings in February and March in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. The focus was on teaching staff in agricultural ministries how to use and Earth Observation tools for assessing crops and crop forecasting.

Inbal Becker-Reshef provides insight into a GEOGLAM-led side event of the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Rapid Response Forum (RFF), where  G20   countries shared cutting edge research and experiences using remote sensing for decision making.

NASA Harvest leadership and partners collaborated with NASA Food Security Office (FSO), based out of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) on a new article, " Hydrologic and Agricultural Earth Observations and Modeling for the Water-Food Nexus ", published this month in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science.

New Data Products
GEOGLAM Crop Monitor team is pleased to announce the launch of the  Crop Monitor Exploring Tool (CMET) , a new tool for showing the evolution of crop conditions in major crop producer countries based on several EO datasets. It provides a comprehensive view of the various drivers impacting crop conditions through a user-friendly web -interface.

NASA Harvest partners IIASA and IFPRI have released SPAM 2010 V 1.0 , a newly updated interactive website that provides information on crop cultivation, production patterns, and irrigation data for 42 crops across the globe, essential components for ensuring adequate, sustainable food production and safeguarding food security.

Upcoming Events
Please join us for our Outreach and Stakeholder Interaction Day, during which we will introduce the NASA Harvest Consortium as well as its high-level goals and our strategy for attaining them. This day will be an opportunity to increase awareness, form new connections, and strengthen existing relationships across NASA Harvest.