Regional Knowledge Forum on Drought

Earth Observation and Climate Services for Food Security and Agricultural Decision Making in South and Southeast Asia

  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Participants

Call for Abstracts

The organizers invite researchers to submit abstracts for presentation relevant to South and Southeast Asia and relevant to the forum topics.
Abstracts must be submitted by 26 August 2018, 5:00 PM (UTC+5:45 hours) via our web form. Selected authors will be invited for an oral or poster presentation at the knowledge forum by 3 September 2018.


Deliberations at the regional forum will be divided into multiple sessions focussing on the following thematic topics.

  • Drought monitoring and assessment
  • Earth observation for climate risk finance decision making
  • Agriculture, land use, and crop type mapping
  • Earth observation data-supported crop simulation modelling and yield forecasting
  • Water resource and agricultural advisory systems

Draft Agenda

    • Day 1 (8 October 2018)

    • Day 2 (9 October 2018)

  • Day 3 (10 October 2018)

List of Talks

  • Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems
  • Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems
  • Drought Impacts and Climate Risk Financing
  • Agricultural Land Use Planning and Policies
  • Advances in Remote Sensing for Crop Area Assessments
  • In-season Crop Assessment and Yield Forecast
  • Participating Institutions




SERVIR connects space to village by helping developing countries use satellite data to address challenges in food security, water resources, weather and climate, land use, and natural disasters. A partnership of NASA, USAID, and leading technical organizations, SERVIR develops innovative solutions to improve livelihoods and foster self-reliance in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
SERVIR-HKH is implemented by ICIMOD in its regional member countries, prioritizing activities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
SERVIR-Mekong is a joint initiative by USAID and NASA, implemented by a consortium led by ADPC that includes Spatial Informatics Group (SIG), Deltares, and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The SERVIR programme is designed to address this need by using publicly available satellite imagery and technologies to address challenges related to water resources, disasters, climate resilience, agriculture, and ecosystem in the Lower Mekong.

About CSRD

Climate Services for Resilient Development (CSRD) is a global partnership that connects climate and environmental science with data streams to generate decision support tools and training for decision-makers in developing countries. Translating complex climate information into easy to understand actionable formats to spread awareness in the form of climate services is core to CSRD’s mission. The CSRD consortium in South Asia is supported by USAID and led by the CIMMYT in partnership with the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), Bangladesh Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), ICIMOD, International Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), University de Passo Fundo (UPF), and the University of Rhode Island (URI). This consortium provides strength and technical expertise to develop relevant climate products that can assist farmers and other stakeholders with relevant information to improve decision making, with the ultimate goal of increasing resilience to climate-related risks.