The AMA-WG is the convening body of GEOGLAM Latino-américa (G-LA) and the AmeriGEOSS Food Security & Sus-tainable Agriculture sister initiatives. Both initiatives focus on strengthening national systems’ monitoring capabilities through Earth observations (EO) as well as on fostering with-in-region international collaboration around research and development and operational implementation of monitoring tools for the main crops types and rangeland/pasture areas in the Americas. While its need was initially acknowledged in a Regional Workshop on Crop Monitoring hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012, G-LA was formally established in Mexico in 2015 with the recognition that neighboring countries often share practices, challenges, and priorities with respect to food production and supply. G-LA and the Ameri-GEOSS FSSA are voluntary initiatives involving experts from the ministries of agriculture, space agencies, universities, and industry.
From Data to Decisions
Through facilitating contact and coordination between researchers and decision-makers at the ministerial level, we can best lever EO data to confront challenges around food production, food security, climate change, and sustainable development. The AMA-WG, while still developing its priority working areas, broadly focuses on:
- Assessing data-to-information needs in the Americas;
- Fostering research collaborations toward operational methods (including participation in the JECAM and RAPP networks);
- Capacity development and technology transfer in the use and management of EO datasets toward producing actionable information;
- Moving EO information into the hands of decision-makers.
How to Participate
The AMA Community of Practice, as well as the AMA-WG, aim to have participation from all regional countries. Currently, Dr. Carlos M. Di Bella of INTA-Argentina is leading the foundational activities of the G-LA, and Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft is leading the same for AmeriGEOSS FSSA. Both seek engagement from national monitoring agencies in the strategic and tactical development and implementation of this regional initiative.