SXSW 2024

Monitoring Agriculture for a Changing Planet


How can global food supply chains adapt to climate change to keep the world fed – especially in communities that are disproportionately impacted? Join NASA researchers, farmers, and global crop monitoring experts to dig into how NASA's view from space can help balance water resources with food production. From farmers like Dwane Roth in Kansas who uses a NASA app to grow his crops with less water, to researchers like Catherine Nakalembe helping communities in East Africa use satellite data to make local crop decisions, this panel will share the latest advances in satellites for food security.

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  1. NASA helps feed a hungry world. Learn how Dwane Roth, a Kansas farmer, uses NASA Earth observations to track water use & strengthen food security.
  2. Hear how Catherine Nakalembe is expanding access to satellite data to help individual farmers in East Africa prepare for drought before it strikes.
  3. Enjoy a taste of space – discover the latest applications of NASA Earth data for monitoring water supplies and sustaining a hungry world.


  • Sarah Brennan, Deputy Program Manager for NASA Applied Sciences Water Resources program area, NASA
  • Dwane S. Roth, President, Big D Farms Inc
  • Alyssa Whitcraft, Executive Director (NASA Acres), Executive Director (Harvest SARA), Former Deputy Director (NASA Harvest), NASA Acres, Harvest SARA, NASA Harvest
  • Catherine Nakalembe, Africa Director for NASA Harvest; Agriculture and Food Security Thematic Lead For NASA SERVIR, NASA


Lia Poteet, Writer, Communications Strategist, NASA Applied Sciences

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Food
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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