EO4AGRI Project Overview
This project has received funding from the European Union’s
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under
grant agreement No 821940
Bringing together the knowledge
for better Agriculture Monitoring
Miguel Ángel Esbrí, ATOS
Project details & consortium
• Project details
• Title: Bringing together the knowledge for better Agriculture Monitoring
• Topic: LC-SPACE-02-EO-2018: Copernicus evolution – Mission exploitation concepts
• Start: 01/11/2018
• Duration: 24 months
• Total cost: EUR 2,762,015
• EU contribution: EUR 2,762,015
• Coordinator: ATOS SPAIN SA
• Website: www.EO4AGRI.eu
• Research: & Academy: CRA-W, PLAN4ALL, WRLS
• EO Data Providers: E-GEOS
• Industry: ATOS (ES, FR)
• SMEs: EOX, GEOVILLE, PROGIS
• Public Administration: NPA
• Main Objective: EO4AGRI is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) that aims to prepare a European capacity for
improving agriculture monitoring.
EO4AGRI and Copernicus Programme Relation
Main Impact Areas
• Data Driven Farming
• Investing in Value Adding
• Global Food Security
• Public Sector Responsibilities
• Promoting Copernicus DIAS
Towards a Knowledge Hub on Agriculture
EO4Agri enlarges and further systematizes
the knowledge about Copernicus for
• Identify User driven requirements and demands
• 4 different sectors are considered
• AgroFood Industry
• Financial Sector
• Public Sector
• Food and Nutrition Security
• Currently around 75 detailed and specific user requirements were identified
User driven requirements
• ~20 attributes for each user requirements were collected
• Use-case diagrams will help to identify gaps (technical, political, legal, etc.)
User driven requirements
It’s all about Agriculture
• Aim: Match the user demand & Create useful EO4Agri data-base with related information
• related (scientific) literature
• related projects
• success storys
• (Open Source) software packages
• Satellite missions and in-situ infrastructure
Knowledge Hub on EO for Agriculture
• Connect to existing initiatives whereever possible
• GEO Knowledge hub
• EU Science Hub
• Open Source Software Library
• The EO4AGRI Project combines multiple stakeholder opinions and technical facts in careful
investigations and assessments
• Main motivation is game changer Copernicus (high cadence satellite observations, Full free and open
• Utility of associated platforms and infrastructure (DIAS; processing engines, algorithms, AI & ML;
• Awareness about many downstream Agri-Applications
• EO4AGRI Stakeholders to which state-of-the-art and independent decision aid is provided:
• Public Sector (CAP Paying Agencies; RTD programmes)
• Farmers (Advisors); Agro-food Industry; Providers of machinery and fertilizers
• Financial Investors; Insurances; Banks
• Players in Global Food Security Programmes
• Developed a methodology to continuosly monitor gaps
• Engagement tools
• Knowledge Hub
• Inform the development process of new programmes, such as Copernicus,
• Policy making
• Strategic reseach agenda
Name Date Place
1st EO4AGRI hackathon 8-10 May 2019 Nairobi (Kenya)
2nd EO4AGRI hackathon July 2019 Patras (Greece)
3rd EO4AGRI hackathon September 2019 TBD
4th EO4AGRI hackathon October 2019 Bari (Italy)
5th EO4AGRI hackathon Nov-Dec 2019 Argentina
EO4AGRI workshop at OGC Technical Meeting June 2019 Leuven (Belgium)
Stakeholders workshop 24-25 September 2019 Pilsen (Czech Republic)
ESA Living Planet Symposium 13-17 May 2019 Milan (Italy)
Conferences of the EU Directors Paying Agencies 15-17 May 2019 Bucharest (Romania)
Panta Rhei Conference 22-24 May 2019 Copenhagen (Denmark)
World Soils 2019 User Consultation Meeting 02-03 July 2019 Frascati (Italy)
Thank you for your attention
Miguel Ángel Esbrí // Gerhard Triebnig
firstname.lastname@example.org // email@example.com
This project has received funding from the European
Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agreement No 821940
The idea behind the project is that by removing or reducing the main gaps to a full deployment of the core and downstream services for agriculture and identifying research priorities, the project will contribute to the utilisation of EO data and services inside and outside of Europe, in support of the whole agriculture sector.
In that sense, the uptake and growth of the EO services is not just a matter of implementing top-down policies and the Strategic Research Agenda, but rather a large co-creation process in which all stakeholders must be consulted, and the socio-economic implications of political action need to be addressed carefully.
To that end, EO4AGRI will enlarge and further systematise the knowledge about Copernicus for agriculture and identify gaps related to utilisation of EO with focus in three main topics:
The needs of the agro-industry and financial sector
The public services - The Common Agricultural Policy implementation
And the international policy and coordination programmes – Global Food Security Initiatives
EO4AGRI will analyse the community needs and and develop community building concept that will be then used for engaging different communities in the EO4AGRI application domain and provide an environment for networking activities.
Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (EFITA)
EU projects including NextGEOSS, DataBio, EUXDAT,
the Task Force on Agriculture in the Context of the Big data Value Association
initiatives like INSPIRE and GEOSS and of course,
active engagement of the EIP AGRI
Identification of end-users and their needs
EO4AGRI will identify the potential end users of EO data based analysis and decision support in four basic groups (through a series of workshops):
Agrifood sector (including farmers, service organisation, advisors, food industry and retailers),
Public sector (CAP and strategy makers, international food security initiatives) and
commercial users outside of agriculture sector, which could be mainly represented by financial sector including insurance, investors and banks.
Service gap analysis
The objective is to provide scientific and technical guidelines how to improve the Copernicus programme and COPERNICUS services to support precision agriculture, the monitoring of crop extension and composition, the monitoring of hydrological stress and water needs for irrigation, the forecast of agricultural yields from local and national up to global scale, the assessment of crop diseases and nutrient deficiency.
Analyse current and future ICT systems using Copernicus products in support of agriculture
The rich ecosystem of existing solutions boosted by Copernicus evolution and covering the entire value chain from data via intermediate services to final end-user applications is characterized by large diversity of ICT platforms and scales over which they operate.
EO4AGRI will elaborate a solid knowledge base related to the entire “system of systems” beginning upstream from Copernicus system components down to the “Agri Apps” to see which of the system’s components are maturely available or will become available within the next few years as operational capacities, and what are their characteristics in servicing the agro-economical and food security sectors.
Defining actions and solutions how Copernicus could improve CAP, i.e. defining synergies between technical and political actions and solutions contributing to further improvement of CAP by utilizing advantages of COPERNICUS programme instruments.
Provide recommendations for future analysis and research
The focus will be to present a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of EO for agriculture, which will reflect the policy and business demands for utilisation of EO in all domains related to agri-food, information and knowledge supported by future research in EO for agri-food industry.
The focus of the SRA is on identifying major EO challenges related to the utilization of EO, information, knowledge and standards in agriculture and agri-food industry sector.
The agenda will define broader view of the Research and Technology Development (RTD) areas that could be selected as key priorities in H2020 and the future Framework Programme 9.
Data Driven Farming
Best Practice Services - Agri-Apps
Service Fueling with Copernicus Data?
Investing into Value Adding
Incentives for financial investors and insurances
Game changer Copernicus?
Global Food Security
G20 Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM)
Capitalizing on Copernicus Open Data?
Public Sector Responsibilities
H2020 - research agenda guiding Copernicus exploitation
CAP “checks by monitoring” – better targeting of aids – game changer Copernicus
Promoting Copernicus DIAS
Role and utility in the above impact areas
Consolidating requirements and use cases
EO4AGRI project workplan is structured as a combination of four main blocks of activities:
one dealing with the community building;
the second with gap analysis and validation of results;
the third with research and technology watch and;
the fourth with strategic research agenda design and policy recommendation.
Stakeholder Gap analysis activities in WP2 will collect information from different groups of users and in a later stage validate EO4AGRI recommendations (WP6). Research and Technology Watch will analyse current agriculture related research and also status of implementation of core and downstream services from WP3 and WP4 perspective. SRA and policy recommendation will define future Strategic Research Agenda and prepare Policy recommendation. The cycle Gap Analysis, Technology watch and SRA and Policy will run three times to guarantee real validated results and recommendation.