Core spatial datasets
FAO coarse resolution spatial datasets
FAO produces a large number of Geographic Information System (GIS) datasets for monitoring, assessment and analysis of environmental and socio-economic factors causing poverty and food insecurity. Particular relevance is given to malnutrition, farming systems and crops, livestock production systems, fishery and forestry sectors, agro-ecological zoning, land and water resources management and climate related issues.
FAO's most relevant GIS information at global, continental and sub-continental levels is now made available through this website.
The data contained in FAO core spatial datasets website share the following characteristics:
-Coarse resolution data, between 30 arcsec and 10 arcmin for the rasters, and between 1:1 million and 1:10 million scale for the vectors.
The FAO Core datasets are described through their own ISO standard metadata and are available for download on the GeoNetwork catalogue at http://www.fao.org/geonetwork.
FAO hopes that the whole geospatial user community will find the Core Datasets a valuable contribution to the use of geospatial information for mapping of socio-economic data and environmental related features.
FAO publications related to GIS