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Aimed at young farmers as well as trainees and students, principally in the fields of IT, mechanical engineering and agricultural sciences, European GNSS Agency (GSA) and European Environment Agency (EEA) jointly launched FARMING BY SATELLITE competition recently. Sponsored by CLAAS, the competition promotes the continuous development of the use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Earth observation systems in European and African agriculture. Its objective is to support sustainable farming practices, improve efficiency and resource usage and so reduce the impact on the environment.
The use of satellite data is essential in order to prepare the agriculture sector to adjust to global challenges, such as the growing world population and the consequences of climate change. The FARMING BY SATELLITE competition encourages young professionals, farmers and students in Europe to create new, sustainable and environmentally compatible solutions using the Copernicus Earth observation system as well as the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and Galileo satellite-based positioning systems.
The 2020 edition of the competition includes a Special Africa Prize for solutions that cater to the specific needs and resources of the continent's communities and states with a view to improve their degree of self-sufficiency and bringing sustainable modernisation to African agriculture.
"Who would have thought that Galileo and Copernicus would be able to convince young farmers to become tech-savvy entrepreneurs applying innovations derived from space data to improve the quality of life? We need young farmers who are innovative in order to develop competitive and yet sustainable agriculture. It is only natural that they should make use of the opportunities presented by space technologies and our objective with this competition is to support them in achieving the best possible solution," said Pascal Claudel, acting Executive Director, GSA.
Registrations are open and applicants can take part as individuals or as a team and register online until June 15, 2020. A total prize purse of 10,000 euros will be distributed between the top four participants.