USAID and NASA renew partnership to address climate crisis, food security and humanitarian challenges – World

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Today, Administrator Samantha Power signed a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to renew and expand collaboration on science and technology solutions world over the next five years. The extended agreement reaffirms the two agencies’ commitment to jointly address critical development and humanitarian challenges affecting the United States and developing countries through the generation and use of scientific research, innovations, and technologies and makes advancing interagency collaboration under the President’s Contingency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience. (TO PREPARE). Specifically, the partnership will leverage NASA’s earth science research and space technology development to help inform USAID’s global programming.

For decades, USAID and NASA have mutually benefited from interagency collaborations under prior MoUs, including on joint research efforts through TO SERVE{Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)](https://www.usaid.gov/research/peer), and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). For more than 17 years, SERVIR has integrated satellite observations, ground data and forecasting models to address the critical challenges of climate change, food and water security, water-related disasters, land use and air quality through partnerships with local geospatial organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America. PEER is a global grants program that supports scientists and engineers working with U.S. government-funded researchers to address global development issues in USAID partner countries. For more than 37 years, FEWS NET has harnessed NASA satellite data to generate early warning forecasts of acute food insecurity, helping save lives by providing rapid decision support for 29 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. , Central America and the Caribbean and Central Asia.

Through this renewed collaboration, USAID and NASA will draw on their vast experiences to explore and solve problems in agriculture, biodiversity conservation, climate change, disaster preparedness, weather forecasting and energy and health issues. Our agencies have a proven track record of demonstrating what is possible when we work together. We look forward to building on our successes in using Earth observation and geospatial technology in decision-making in various sectors, building science and technology capacity in low- and middle-income countries, and promoting the open science and public access to shared research results and data.

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