European Commission Joint Research Centre Mars
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European Commission Joint Research Centre Mars

We provide scientific and technical support on EU Agriculture and Food Security policies. - In Europe, the Unit addresses key issues related to the management and control of the Common Agriculture Policy: Independent crop yield forecasts, agricultural insurances, standard control methods of area based subsidies, compliance with environment, and effect of climate change. It supports EU projects related to Land Administration, the enlargement process, and the GMES Space Component. - In developing countries, assistance is given to the EU Food Security Thematic Program with special emphasis on Africa, and to providing building blocks for an European capacity for Global Agriculture Monitoring. The activities of the Unit are based on expertise in agro- meteorological crop modelling, sampling methods, econometric, geomatics (GIS, GPS and ICT), and satellite & airborne remote-sensing (the Unit manages the EC Framework Contracts for the provision of Satellite Remote Sensing data and manages the access/dissemination of EU image data archives). Our History The MARS project, started in 1988, was initially designed to apply emerging space technologies for providing independent and timely information on crop areas and yields. Since 1993, driven by user requirements, the team has contributed towards a more effective and efficient management of the Common Agricultural Policy through the provision of a broader range of technical support services to DG Agriculture and Member-State Administrations. Since 2000, the expertise in crop yields has been applied outside the EU. Services have been developed to support EU aid and assistance policies and provide building blocks for a European capability for global agricultural monitoring and food security assessment. Today, the Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS Unit is made up of four Actions: GeoCAP (ex-MARS PAC), AGRI4CAST (ex-MARS STAT), FOODSEC and CID," This particular part of the website contains links to all downloadable bulletins and publications. The downloads attempted were all free. There are close to 250 publications available for download having to do with a range of topics in agriculture and many other overlapping fields from climate change to the use of GIS, etc.

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  • Articles, citations, reports, websites, and multimedia resources focused on rangeland ecology, management, restoration, and other issues on rangelands around the world.