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Abstract

The increasing importance of South American agriculture in the international market has emphasised the need for accurate and timely information about crop development and production. In recent decades the use of remote sensing and agrometeorological data in crop monitoring systems has become the subject of studies for government and research institutions in the region. In November 2002, at the Centro de Relevamiento y Evaluación de Recursos Agrícolas y Naturales (CREAN) of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, South American experts and representatives of JRC and FAO held the first meeting entitled Workshop on Crop Monitoring and Forecasting - Tools for Early Warning in Food Security, to discuss crop monitoring systems as well as to develop the basis for a cooperation network to facilitate the exchange of data and methodologies. Proposals for joint projects and cooperation came out as a result of that workshop. From 2005, JRC has implemented regular bulletins of crop monitoring in the region, more specifically covering the Mercosur + Bolivia, and has reestablished contacts with local institutions in order to restore the cooperation and the formation of the South America Scientific Network on Crop Monitoring and Forecasting. The South America scientific network, between JRC and local institutions, is a key part of the activities of 'Crop monitoring for food security in South America'. The cooperation aims to better calibrate the data used for bulletin generation as well as data exchange to improve local activities in crop monitoring. As a result of previous contacts (Mission in September 2005), a network with nine institutions was created and JRC/IPSC/Agrifish/MARS-FOOD made available meteo/remote sensing data to be used during the last summer cropping season. In this context, the promotion of workshops was seen as a strategy for improving the network activities and cooperation between JRC and the groups involved.

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Authors: ROCHA J, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);MASSART M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);NÈGRE T, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2007. various paging, free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: LB-76-06-667-EN-C The PDF version can be downloaded from: http://bookshop.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN 92-79-03888-5
Record Number: 200819829 / Last updated on: 2008-05-05
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en