STARS Project
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STARS is executed in a partnership of five institutes, which are listed below. The regional experiment use cases are executed by ICRISAT, UMD and CIMMYT, and they involve a number of partners in the respective regions. CSIRO is the main lead for the landscaping study. The Faculty of ITC of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is leading this consortium.

Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente (project coordinator)

ITC provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia (CSIRO)

CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and it is one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world, with more than 6,500 staff located across 56 sites throughout Australia and overseas.


International Center for Research on the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT is headquartered in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, with two regional hubs and four country offices in sub-Saharan Africa – the West African hub is in Mali. It is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.


University of Maryland (UMD)

The University of Maryland is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. The STARS UMD team is based in the Department of Geographical Sciences.


International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is the world’s premier center for research, development, and training in maize and wheat and in farming systems for those two essential food crops. From its headquarters in Mexico and offices throughout the developing world, the center works with partners worldwide to reduce poverty and hunger by sustainably increasing the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems.