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    A truck unloading corn grains at the reception center of the Skvirsky grain processing factory in Skvyra town, some 120 km South from Kiev.
    News digest - 27/10/2020
    Some highlights: The southern regions of China, which were hit by heavy rains and floods that caused severe damages to crops and infrastructures during the summer, are likely to be impacted by a typhoon in the coming weeks. Farmers in the Hainan province are taking precautionary measures to limit the negative repercussions on their activities.
    A young boy cooking palm kernels for the production of palm oil.
    News digest - 25.26/10/2020
    Some highlights: Two updates on food chain disruptions in Southeast Asia: the production of palm oil in Malaysia could be seriously hampered by new restrictions imposed by the local government of the state of Sabah, whereby the total workforce capacity in the industry will be halved and working hours will be reduced; consumers in the Philippines may see pork prices further increase (after a first hike caused by a reduction in the country’s hog inventory caused by the African swine fever) due to a possible reduction in Brazil’s meat…
    25 September, 2020, Lira, Uganda - Monica jumps over one of mamny puddles, as the roads are damaged by heavy rains.
    News digest - 23.24/10/2020
    Some highlights: Seasonal weather conditions have been recently exacerbated by the weather phenomenon known as La Niña, which is causing a drought in the United States, Brazil and Russia that is affecting the production of wheat and soybeans, and floods in South and Southeast Asia, which is delaying the harvests of rice in Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam, and is flooding palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia.
    Baskets of soy beans and other varieties.
    News digest - 22/10/2020
    Some highlights: Guatemalan agricultural producers have called on maritime shipping lines and on cargo airlines to start negotiations with the agriculture industries in order to find a way to support the country’s rural competitiveness, which was severely hampered by the increased freight rates. In Europe, on the other hand, Poland’s agriculture industry is still struggling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and many organic farmers complain that the country’s largest retail chains prefer importing food products, instead of…

    The Data Lab for Statistical Innovation

    Official statistical systems are facing difficulties posed by reduced budgets, cultural changes and new competitors on the market, which create data gaps as a consequence. Such gaps are widened by emergency contexts, when having access to timely information is very important. The FAO is adapting to this crisis of the traditional data collection systems by modernizing the statistical business process through the activities of the Data Lab for Statistical InnovationRead more…

    DataLab products

    A platform that visualizes social mood trends for each country, identified through the analysis of the tweets published by newspapers' accounts from 130 countries.

    The Covid-19 impact analysis tool gathers, organises and analyses daily information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and agriculture, value chains, food prices, food security and undertaken measures.

    Selected daily news and monthly media coverage summaries on food chain disruptions and countries responses to the COVID-19 impact on food chains.

    A searchable platform for news related to food value chains issues. News can be filtered by language, commodity, country and topic (Covid-19, social unrest, food losses and wastes, government response...).

    The Data Lab harvests food prices data daily from Numbeo.com and from the FAO’s Food Price Monitoring and Analysis website. Visualizations show price changes per country and per commodity.

    An analytical tool that evaluates the use of agricultural statistics in policy documents stored in FAOLEX, based on the Paris 21 indicator.

    DataLab areas of work

    The Data Lab collects data at the national and sub-national levels to fill the data gaps of the National Statistical Systems. Click here to read more about this topic area. See initial results on sub-national agricultural production data. See also daily prices collected from alternative sources.

    Most frequent words in newspapers' media coverage and tweets about food value chain disruptions. Click here to read more about this area of work. Check our media coverage page, the daily news digests, the Covid-19 impact analysis tool and the social unrest analysis tool based on tweets and news data.

    The Data Lab uses text mining to analyse agricultural policy documents stored in FAOLEX. Click here to learn more about this topic area. See the analytical tool on the use of agricultural statistics in policy.

    The integration between statistical and geospatial data is fundamental to improve the monitoring of global development outcomes. Click here to learn more about this topic area.