GEM4 Food Security

GEM Joint Master programme

Erasmus+ MSc in geo-information science and Earth observation for environmental modelling and management

Food security means ensuring that everyone has access to sufficient quantities of affordable and nutritious food at all times.  Our ability to massively increase food production over the last century has enabled rapid economic growth as well as reductions in hunger and poverty. Food production requires large amounts of land, water, energy and human resources. Competition for land, hazards such as droughts or floods, pests and diseases, and even conflicts can all affect food security. The increasing frequency and impact of these events mean that policymakers are increasingly in need of accurate, timely and detailed information on where, when and how much food is produced.

Agriculture is the fastest growing application area in Earth Observation, with an annual growth of 19.5% from €570 million in 2018 to €1.4 billion in 2023

Two-thirds of this market focuses on crop monitoring, with irrigation management accounting for another 20%.

Four different tracks for a two-year programme 


Urban-Rural Interactions

Land Use Systems

Ecosystems & Natural Resources

Food Security

Year 1

University of Tartu

University of Tartu

Lund University

Lund University

Year 2

ITC (University of Twente)

UC Louvain 

ITC (University of Twente)

UC Louvain

Discover the GEM universities

Lund University

UC Louvain

ITC (University of Twente)

University of Tartu

Lund University: Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing & Ecosystem modelling

UC Louvain: Land Management (Land Use Sytems track) / Food Security (Food Security track)

ITC (University of Twente): Natural Resource Management

University of Tartu: Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing & Ecosystem modelling

How to apply?

Applying to the GEM programme can be done in just a few steps and is free of cost. Just follow the steps on our application procedure page: Application procedure

The tuition fee and additional costs are to be fully paid in advance to cover the total duration of the course. Applicants can request the facility to pay their total expenses in two equal annual instalments.

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