The WorldCereal consortium consist off a team of experts in the domains of optical and radar crop type mapping, open source developments, cloud agnostic implementation, independent validation, user engagement and production of EO products at global scale.

VITO (Belgium) is the prime contractor of the WorldCereal consortium together with CS SI (France), eLeaf (The Netherlands), GISAT (CZech Republic), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria), University of Strasbourg (France), University of Valencia (Spain) and Wageningen Applied Research (The Netherlands). 

The WorldCereal partners have all been involved in mapping and monitoring projects for the past decades, ensuring the fact that the system and algorithms to be developed within WorldCereal will build upon existing tools.


VITO has many years of experience in global and local agricultural monitoring projects. VITO is prime contractor of WorldCereal and will build upon its experience of leading several scientific and operational projects including e.g. Copernicus Global Land and ESA WorldCover.

  • General Project Management 
  • Development of Classification Workflows and Benchmarking 
  • Promotion and Outreach 
  • Project conclusions and recommendations for future development 


With its expertise in system architecture, Cloud & Big Data computing, and EO image processing, building notably on their experience in WorldCover, Sen2AGRI, SNAP and OTB projects, CS will oversee the System Design and Global Demonstration Work Packages.

  • Designing and deploying the WorldCereal system in a public Cloud environment
  • Orchestrating and monitoring the production workflow 
  • Distributing computing load and intermediary data
  • Preprocessing of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data
  • Coordinating capacity building activities on the WorldCereal system 


As lead of the FRAME consortium, which provides the data for the FAO’s Water productivity open-access portal (WaPOR), eLEAF is responsible for the identification of irrigated areas.

  • Features selection: Determination of parameters that are relevant for the identification of irrigated areas
  • Provision of logical decision rules to identify irrigated areas to feed into the algorithm development of consortium partners
  • Support the Global demonstration
  • Support promotion and outreach 


GISAT will bring in expertise and knowledge from the Sen2AGRI and Sen4CAP projects and their expertise in user engagement and development of visualization and validation tools.

  • Design and Development of the WorldCereal visualization module 
  • Support Validation of the WorldCereal EO products 
  • Distribution of the final product to end-users/product delivery 
  • Support integration of the WorldCereal showcases 
  • Supporting the users 


IIASA is well known for its crowdsourcing based data collection and global validation effort. Through the validation platform LACO-Wiki IIASA has developed an international standard, which is a huge contribution to the consortium. IIASA has a lot of expertise in developing tools for spatial data visualization and user communication, as well as developing independent reference datasets, spatial accuracy assessment, and user engagement tools. IIASA’s LACO-Wiki and WENR’s AgroSTAC will form the basis of the reference data module. IIASA will contribute with:

  • Designing and developing of the cooperative approach for in situ data collection 
  • Designing and developing of the WorldCereal reference data module 
  • Setting up validation procedures for the WorldCereal EO products 
  • Setting up a community-based crowdsourced data collection

University of Strasbourg

The university of Strasbourg will be the lead for the user engagement and requirement consolidation. The University of Strasbourg has a lot of expertise in crop mapping and crop monitoring.

  • User engagement and requirement consolidation
  • EO products and service demonstration
  • Utility and benefit assessment of the WorldCereal EO products

University of Valencia

With their experience in experimental design and Landsat 8 - Sentinel-2 integration, the University of Valencia will be responsible for e.g. EO products demonstration.

  • User engagement and requirement consolidation 
  • EO products and service demonstration 
  • Utility and benefit assessment of the WorldCereal EO products 

Stichting Wageningen Research

With its expertise in agricultural monitoring, collecting and storing different in-situ data sets, its users contact and links to in-situ data networks, Stichting Wageningen Research, which is part of Wageningen University & Research, already developed a state-of-the-art database for in-situ data storage and visualization, AgroSTAC. AgroSTAC and IIASA’s LACO-Wiki will form the basis of the reference data module.

  • Support user engagement 
  • Curation of reference data sets 
  • Contribute to the development of the reference data module 
  • Support validation activities 
  • Support capacity building