Farming by Satellite 2020: applications open on 15 June

Registration for the 5th Farming by Satellite Prize, which aims to promote the use of EGNSS and Earth observation in European and African agriculture, will open on 16 March. If you are a young innovator with an idea for using satellite technologies to enable sustainable farming practices, improve efficiency in agriculture and reduce its environmental impact, this is your chance to win some great prizes!

Innovation is crucial if the agricultural sector is to grow sustainably and meet emerging global challenges such as feeding a growing population and adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change. With these challenges in mind, the Farming by Satellite Prize encourages young professionals, farmers and students in Europe to create new, sustainable, and environmentally friendly solutions using Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo.

Special Africa Prize

The 2020 edition of the Farming by Satellite Prize includes a Special Africa Prize, which aims to encourage young Africans to develop satellite-based solutions that cater to the specific needs and resources of communities and lands in Africa. The Farming by Satellite Prize is a joint initiative between the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Environmental Agency (EEA).

“Agriculture has been an enthusiastic early adopter of satellite technologies to improve performance in the sector. The Farming by Satellite prize aims to tap into this thirst for innovation and support young innovators in delivering applications and services based on Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus that will contribute to the evolution of agriculture and to meeting some of the critical challenges facing the global community,” said GSA Acting Executive Director Pascal Claudel.

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“It is clear that we need to make food production much more sustainable and lessen its impact on the environment and climate. Satellite data, technology and innovation can support this change, which is why partnering with this initiative aligns well with the EEA’s commitment to protecting our nature, climate and human health,” said EEA Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx.

An amazing experience

Applicants can take part as individuals or as a team and are invited to register online between March 16 and June 15, 2020. The top teams selected as finalists will enter the competition’s deep dive phase. A total prize purse of EUR 10,000 will be distributed among the top four teams (three in Europe and one in Africa).

First prize in the 2018 edition of the competition went to Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, for FODDERApp a mobile app for grass and grazing management. Commenting at the time, Teagasc team member Gabriela Afrasinei said: “This was an amazing experience; we really enjoyed brainstorming and developing the idea back in Ireland, and meeting all the other finalists and judges was fantastic! We hope to keep these connections in the years to come.”

The 2020 edition of the Farming by Satellite Prize is supported by industry partners such as the agricultural engineering company CLAAS. For more information on the competition, click here.


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