NASA Harvest News
NASA Harvest extends a hearty congratulations to 2020 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is one of the world’s largest nonprofit humanitarian organizations dedicated to feeding the most vulnerable populations in the face of emergency, natural disasters, and conflict. The institution works tirelessly to promote policies and programs supporting sustainable global food security and ensuring that no person goes hungry.

NASA Harvest is proud to work with our partners of WFP’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) team. VAM provides geospatial and economic analysis, food security monitoring and assessments, post-shock assessments and thematic analysis allowing WFP to perform effective targeting, determine the most appropriate type and scale of intervention (e.g. food distributions, school feeding, cash or voucher programs), and ensure the most efficient use of humanitarian resources by allocating funding according to needs.
The award is a testament to Dr. Justice's dedication and leadership in the development and success of the LANCE (Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS) system, transforming the way NASA Earth observation data are used throughout the world.
NASA Harvest scientists, in a public-private partnership with Planet Labs, recently supported the Government of Togo in their innovative COVID-19-related food security relief efforts by creating a cropland map, at 10-meter resolution, of the entire country in less than 10 days.
Harvest Partners César Izaurralde and Molly Jahn joined lead author Keith Paustian and others in publishing an article in Carbon Management exploring current methods for quantifying changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) and the commensurate CO2 sequestration at local to national scales.
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This year's AWRA Conference aims to cover a variety of topics revolving around innovative, practical, and applied water resource management solutions, management techniques, and current research. Water resources as they relate to agricultural productivity, drought effects, and sustainability are among the wide-ranging areas of focus with an emphasis on lessons learned from multidisciplinary projects, best practices in resource applications, and policy decision impacts.
NASA Harvest Partner Varaprasad Bandaru will be leading a session and Deputy Director Alyssa Whitcraft will be presenting on NASA Harvest and remote sensing applications for agriculture. More details on the agenda are forthcoming, visit the ACS meeting website to register today.
The AGU 2020 Fall Meeting will be held virtually this year. NASA Harvest's Alyssa Whitcraft will co-convene a session on "Remote sensing applications for assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and helping with mitigation response", our Africa Lead Catherine Nakalembe is co-convening a session titled "Earth Observation Applications to Agriculture and Food Security System Shocks" with partners at SERVIR, FAO, and USAID, and Harvest's Hannah Kerner is leading the "Machine Learning for Planetary Science" session. NASA's Applied Sciences Water Resources Program is also sponsoring the "Remote Sensing Applications for Water Management" session.