Space Technologies and Food Security

Space systems (earth observation and meteorological satellites, space communications, global positioning systems) are becoming indispensable tools in the international effort to track and better understand our atmosphere, oceans, forests, freshwater resources, and land use. This book reviews key trends in global food supplies and provides an assessment of relevant current and forthcoming capabilities of space technologies.

As global food supplies increasingly face political, demographic, economic, and climate-related challenges, space applications play a fundamental role in providing more accurate and timely information on agricultural production prospects as well as on the evolution of fish stocks. Space Technologies and Food Security also examines diverse socioeconomic impacts that may be achieved from the use of selected space applications—such as using GPS to improve precision agriculture practices to reduce input costs and increase productivity—while considering the sustainability of different economic models in place today.