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  • Joachim Otte
    Livestock Information and Policy Branch FAO HQ,
    Room C510
    Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
    Rome 00153, Italy
    Tel: +39 06 570 53634
  • [email protected]


Global Livestock Production and Health Atlas (GLiPHA)

GLiPHA is an interactive, electronic atlas containing global animal production and health statistics. Sub-national statistics relating to the livestock sector can be viewed cartographically, against a back-drop of selected maps, such as livestock densities, land-use and topography. Data may also be displayed and exported as tables and charts. The objectives of GLiPHA are to facilitate access to livestock sector information for analysis and informed decision making, and to increase awareness of sector-related social, health and environmental issues. GLiPHA draws on data managed within the Global Livestock Impact Mapping (GLIMS) a global, sub-national data warehouse containing a multitude of livestock-sector related information. GLiPHA uses KIDS-3g technology the third generation of the Key Indicator Data System.


Data available

  • Biophysical
  • Livestock population and production
  • Social and economic
  • Animal health
  • Trade


Key features

  • Flexible queries selectable by region and by theme
  • Dynamic views include maps, charts and tables
  • Tabular data can be exported to Excel files
  • Compatible with Web Mapping Service (WMS)
  • Accommodates administrative boundaries that change over time


GLiPHAs interface comprises a series of expandable panels that allow access to numerous features. The query panel is used to browse and select data, either by theme or by region. Specific data types, topics and time periods are chosen to fine-tune the search. In the global view, national data are presented, and in country views, data are generally presented at the first administrative level (e.g. province). The main data display and control panels show the selected data as a map, table or chart. The reference panel below the display can be enlarged to reveal metadata for the selected statistics and associated geographic layers. The appearance and available options in the control panel, to the left, vary depending on the selected display type. When data are displayed in map format the control panel lists a variety of spatial data and corresponding legends: the statistical data selected in the query panel; decorative layers such as administrative boundaries, roads and rivers; and raster back-drops such as elevation and land-use. Other GIS data-sets can also be accessed through web-mapping-services (WMS), e.g. from GeoNetwork. In the table and chart views the control panel allows users to choose among various display formats and to export the data.