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The JRC MARS Explorer provides near real-time updates on crop and weather monitoring The JRC MARS Explorer provides near real-time updates on crop and weather monitoring
©European Union, 2017
Sep 04 2017
Web users worldwide can now view weather and crop conditions in near real-time across the whole of the EU, thanks to the JRC MARS Explorer.
Commissioner Hogan and JRC management discuss the schema of the land databases set up by Member States to manage farmer subsidies Commissioner Hogan and JRC management discuss the schema of the land databases set up by Member States to manage farmer subsidies
©EU, 2016
Jun 22 2016

Following a visit to the JRC, Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Phil Hogan, expressed confidence that increased use of satellite technology can help Member States to significantly increase the efficiency of on-the-spot checks necessary for CAP payments.

Withering crops in the summer heat Due to excessive heat and little or no rain, yield forecasts for summer crops at the EU-28 level remain low
©EU, 2015
Sep 22 2015

A heat wave in late August and lack of rainfall have worsened the yield outlook for summer crops in large parts of central Europe.

Several panel members (from left): F. Schegel, UNESCO; Dr. M. Ouédraogo, African Union Commission; Dr. U. Engelmann, JRC and Dr. I. Naicker, South African Department of Science and Technology Several panel members (from left): F. Schegel, UNESCO; Dr. M. Ouédraogo, African Union Commission; Dr. U. Engelmann, JRC and Dr. I. Naicker, South African Department of Science and Technology
©EU, 2015
Jul 15 2015

On 15 July, the European Commission organised a side event to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Map of the world created using coffee beans and peas Classifying the severity and magnitude of food insecurity is essential to prioritise interventions.
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May 20 2015

In the context of Expo Milano 2015, on 20 May 2015, the JRC and the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development host participating agencies of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), a global initiative which provides common scale for classifying food insecurity situations.

EU at Expo Milano 2015 poster: Family farming: feeding the world, caring for the earth The JRC supports the Commission's agriculture and food security policies through monitoring and economic analysis of agricultural resources and farm systems, including alternative scenarios for sustainable agriculture.
©EU, 2014
Oct 16 2014

Through its scientific work linked to food security and rural poverty alleviation, the JRC supports the goals of the UN World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October 2014 under the theme "Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth".

Maize plants Near-average temperatures and the humid weather conditions have boosted the growth of summer crops.
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Aug 25 2014

The latest MARS crop monitoring in Europe bulletin, published today, reports that overall EU-28 cereal yield forecasts for 2014 remain favourable, at the level of last year and above the average of the past five years (+6.1%). Yield prospects for grain maize are excellent at the moment, with forecast yields 11% above the level of last year and the past five years' average.

The JRC developed a model to estimate organic carbon stock in European agricultural soils. The JRC developed a model to estimate organic carbon stock in European agricultural soils.
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Dec 17 2013

The JRC developed a modelling platform to estimate organic carbon stock in European agricultural soils and presented its outcome in the Global Change Biology journal. The platform could serve as a tool to carry out scenario analyses for developing and monitoring European climate change effects and agricultural policies.

River basins involved in the network which provided feedback on agricultural measures. River basins involved in the network which provided feedback on agricultural measures.
©EU, 2013
Oct 07 2013

Examples and strategies for a successful choice and combination of agricultural measures to implement the 2000 Water Framework Directive (WFD) – which commits EU Member States to achieving good status of all water bodies by 2015 – are provided in the JRC's recently published report 'River Basin Network on Water Framework Directive and Agriculture'. Within the framework of the WFD's Common Implementation Strategy, the Pilot Rivers Basins network, coordinated by the JRC, was set up to provide feedback on practical implementation issues.

EU Map of crop yields Spain is forecast to have a spring barley yield 40% above the five-year average and is experiencing an excellent season with record-high barley yields.
©EU, 2013
Jul 04 2013

This year's total cereal production in the EU-27 is forecast to be well above 2012 levels and above average compared with the past five years, in spite of the unusually prolonged winter for western and central Europe and heavy rainfall in May and June. This forecast is based on JRC analyses (with data up to 10 June 2013), using an advanced crop yield forecasting system. It provides yield estimates for the main crops throughout the EU and identifies the areas most affected by stress conditions.

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