For agriculture to be productive and sustainable, it is essential to select crops that are suited to the soil conditions and climate. FAO has developed an environmental database system, known as ECOCROP, to help identify suitable crops or trees for a specific environment.

Viet Nam: Smallholder farmers preparing sandy soil for planting trees
FAO photo by L. De Matteis

More photos in series:
  • Peru: Women farmers applying fertilizer to a field of freshly sown potato seeds
  • Tunisia: Cracked clay soil may be the result of erosion or drought
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