2.0 Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest

The GEOGLAM Crop Monitors currently cover over 90% of the world’s croplands, which is divided into two main global crop condition monitors along with several regional and national monitors. In some cases, a country may be apart of more than one group of users due to the focus of each group.

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Current coverage of the GEOGLAM Crop Monitors
 
Crop Monitor for AMIS:

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Current Crop Monitor for AMIS
 

The Crop Monitor for the G20 Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) provides a public good of open, timely, science-driven information on crop conditions in support of market transparency. It reflects an international, multi-source, consensus assessment of crop growing conditions, status, and agro-climatic factors likely to impact global production, focusing on the major producing and trading countries for the four primary crops monitored by AMIS (wheat, maize, rice, and soybean). This initiative, developed in response to a request by AMIS, is fulfilling the demand from the international community for a timely and transparent consensus on global crop prospects. 

Since its launch in 2013, the Crop Monitor for AMIS has grown extensively and has become an internationally recognized source of information on global crop prospects, widely quoted by public and private agencies as well as top tier media. It represents the first time that the international community comes together on a monthly basis to produce joint crop assessments. 

 

Crop Monitor for Early Warning:
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Current Crop Monitor for Early Warning countries along with future expansion countries

Building upon the existing Crop Monitor for AMIS, the Crop Monitor for Early Warning CM4EW provides monthly international consensus assessment of crop conditions in countries at risk of food insecurity. It uses EO data together with meteorological information, field observations and ground reports to fill information gaps related to food security at the global scale, thereby addressing the need for more complete and reliable information for countries at risk of food insecurity. In this context, the CM4EW serves to reduce uncertainty and strengthen decision support by providing actionable information, on a monthly basis, to national, regional and international agencies concerned with food security, through timely consensus assessment of crop conditions. 

Operational since February 2016, the CM4EW has become an internationally recognized source of reliable information on early warning and crop conditions and often used to inform humanitarian organization decisions on food allocation and assistance.

 

National & Regional Crop Monitors:

Building on the success of the global Crop Monitors, GEOGLAM began working with mandated national agencies responsible for food security policy and response programs. The result has been several examples of co-developed Crop Monitors at the national and regional levels. These monitors are developed and operated by the countries close to the program and policy decision-makers. As a result, the information produced is trusted and deemed authoritative, allowing it to be quickly turned into proactive decisions that impact lives and livelihood, while reducing the cost of emergency response.

Beyond national impact, the national and regional crop monitors play a significant role in improving the quality of the global crop monitors for AMIS and the Crop Monitor for Early Warning by supplementing global top-down data flows with bottom-up national-level data. The result is better resolution and accuracy due to better in-situ information and expertise input into the monitors.