We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Throughout the crop season, the JRC provides near-real-time Early Warning bulletins (national/ regional Bulletins), with a specific focus on the Sub-Saharan Africa, to highlight the development of potentially critical situations and forecast quantitative production one month prior to harvest. This includes ad hoc assessments for specific food security related events. The assessments are based on several indicators, like rainfall anomalies, the Global Water Satisfaction Index and satellite-derived crop condition indicators. The JRC activities involve close partnership and coordination with the United Nations (UN) agencies (FAO, World Food Programme WFP) and other key stakeholders in this field such as the FEWS NET (Famine Early Warning Systems Network of USAID).