​ Working hand to hand with a strongly committed user community

In the context of the ESA Data User Element, the Sentinel-2 for Agriculture project is following a user-driven approach. This means that a dedicated user community closely interacts with the consortium throughout the whole project.

Among this community are our Champion Users, involved since the begining of the project. Initial user’s requirements were indeed established in April 2012 during a consultation exercise organized by ESA with about 50 members of the agricultural user and expert communities. From this group, around 20 organizations, centers, universities or companies part of scientific mandated for agricultural monitoring have agreed to remain actively involved in the project. Their involvement drives the entire project, from the user requirements consolidation to the products validation and assessment, including capacity building activities such as transfer of the system and training on the use of it.

Besides the Champion Users group, the project has also strong interactions with the Site Managers, who make the connection with the sites under consideration for the prototyping and demonstration activities. Throughout the project, at least 13 sites have been selected for algorithms benchmarking and products prototyping using Sentinel-2 like dataset, as well as for the generation of products during the demonstration phase using Sentinel-2 data.Over each site, the Sen2-Agri system is fed not only with Earth observation data, but also with in-situ information. Collecting this information requires a direct access to the field and a continuous involvement of the Site Managers.

Communication towards and interactions with the project user community are ensured through a series of dedicated Workshops and events.

​Organization ​Champion User Managed site ​Project Involvement
Agricultural Research Council (ARC-LNR), South Africa ​South Africa ​​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (national site)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), ​​Canada
Arvalis – Institut du Végétal, ​​France ​X
Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Center (ATIC), ​​Canada
Centre d’Études Spatiales de la Biosphère (CESBIO), France ​X France​ ​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (local site)
​X ​​​Morocco ​​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (local site)
​​Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) ​X
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) Bangladesh ​Demonstration (volunteer)
Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France ​Madagascar ​​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (local site)
​Burkina Faso ​Benchmarking
​​European Commission – Joint Research Centre – MARS Unit (EC – JRC) ​X
Food and Agriculture Organization – Global Informationand Early Warning System (FAO – GIEWS) ​X ​​Pakistan ​​​Benchmarking
Federação Nacional de Regantes de Portugal (FENAREG), ​​Portugal
Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET), ​​USA
GeoTerraImage​, South Africa ​South Africa ​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (national site)
GISAT, Czech Republic ​Czech Republic ​Demonstration (local site)
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) ​​Mali ​Demonstration (national site)
​​​International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) X​
Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Agropecuaria (INTA), ​​Argentina
​Institut d’Économie Rurale (IER), Mali ​​Mali ​Demonstration (national site)​
​​International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) ​​​Russia ​​Benchmarking​
Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Sudan​
​X ​​​Sudan ​Demonstration (local site)​
Manobi S.A. Mali​ ​Demonstration (national site)
​Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), ​China ​X ​​​China ​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (local site)
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) ​X
South African Group on Earth Observation (SA-GEO), South Africa
Space Research Institute (​SRI), ​​Ukraine
​X ​​Ukraine ​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (national site)
Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), ​​Pakistan ​​Pakistan ​​​​Benchmarking​
State Agricultural Intervention Fund (SZIF), Czech Republic ​Czech Republic ​Demonstration (local site)
Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), ​​Senegal
Université Chouaïb Doukkali (UCD) & Réseau National des Sciences et Techniques de la GéoInformation (REGI), ​​Morocco ​X ​​Morocco ​​​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (local site)
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), ​Belgium ​Belgium ​​​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (volunteer)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), ​​USA ​​USA ​​​Benchmarking​
United States Geological Survey (USGS), ​​USA ​X
LMI ‘Télédétection et Ressources en Eau en Méditerranée semi-Aride’ (TREMA) ​Morocco​ ​​Benchmarking +
Demonstration (local site)​
World Food Programme (WFP) X​ ​​Sudan ​Demonstration (local site)​