About FACYNation

Forecasting Agricultural Crop Yields at National scales (FACYNation) 

FACYNation is project that brings together data science experts under the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UK,  Met Office climate scientists and Open University plant ecologists to exploit and  assess the potential for accurate real-time yield forecast of  wheat, maize and rice in major production regions, and the likely climate change impacts.

The outcome of this project will be:

1) Essential for supporting food system decision-makers in understanding and managing their climate risk and

2) vital for achieving SDG 2 (zero hunger)


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A blog post by the STFC Food Network

Climate change is widely claimed to be the biggest challenge facing humankind and is already impacting farmers in some of the world’s poorest regions. Adapting to rapidly-changing weather patterns will be critical if we are to produce enough to feed the growing population. Big Data could be a key instrument to achieve this as Seb Oliver has been demonstrating with his STFC FoodNetwork+ supported project: Forecasting Agricultural Crop Yields at National scales (FACYNation).

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Seb OliverPrincipal Investigator
University of Sussex
Edward Pope Co-Investigator
Met Office
Pete HurleyCo-Investigator
University of Sussex