Food security

The world population will rise to nine billion people in the year 2050. This has major consequences for the world's food supply. A considerable increase in food production is needed to be able to satisfy the extra demand. Meanwhile, the scarcity of resources such as land, water and fertilisers is only increasing.

The most important factors that can influence food security are: increasing production, productivity, more efficient use of resources and coping with climate change. Satellites can quickly and consistently collect actual and objective data about an area. Based on these data, farmers know when they can best sow, irrigate, fertilise and harvest. They are also warned well in advance about the risk of drought, floods, crop diseases and pest infestations.

Based on satellite data, predictions of harvest yields can be made and potential food shortages can be detected in good time. Satellite data can therefore help with risk analyses for (micro)insurances that farmers conclude to protect themselves against the consequences of a poor harvest or as an antifraud tool when insurance premiums are paid out.

Based on satellite information, cattle farmers can find the best pastures for their cattle, fishermen can locate potentially fish-rich areas, and offshore fish farmers can monitor water quality and sea conditions around their farms.

If you are curious to know whether satellite applications could have added value in your work environment, please contact:

Ruud Grim
T +31 88 042 4533