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    03 July 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - A sack displaying oilseeds in a market in Addis Ababa.
    News digest - 20.21/11/2020
    Some highlights: Texas is likely to face a shortage of lettuce in the near future, due to the interruption in supply from Central California, that was mainly caused by the wildfires that hit the state this summer, the prolonged drought and a lettuce disease that has affected the production output. Pakistan, on the other hand, is still struggling with a sugar shortage that mainly affects millers, who have recently sent a letter to the Ministries of Industries and National Food Security, threatening to shut down in case they don’t get a…
    Close-up of barley growing in a field
    News digest - 19/11/2020
    Some highlights: Bolivia is said to lose millions in losses due to smuggling (for instance, more than 130,000 tons of maize are smuggled every three months), which also affects agricultural producers and consumers, due to the fact that smuggled goods do not comply with the international health standards. For this reason, the producers have recently urged the authorities to implement measures that could curb smuggling.
    15 February 2018, Jomba, Rwanda - Marie walking in her plot, in front of her home.
    News digest - 18/11/2020
    Some highlights: The enhanced frozen fries exports from European countries (who have millions of tons of surplus produce due to the new lockdown measures that governments are imposing throughout the continent) to New Zealand are posing difficulties to the country’s potato processing sector, because the manufacturers of frozen foods are reducing the number of their employees and potato farmers are reducing the acreage for this commodity.
    20 January 2020, Taita, Kenya - Irish potatoes is being harvested by Green Rock farming group in Taita.
    News digest - 17/11/2020
    Some highlights: The coronavirus pandemic has given an unexpected advantage to Kenyan fish farmers, due to the fact that it limited China’s ability to export this commodity to Kenya in the same quantities as in 2019 (Chinese fish exports have decreased by almost 50% in 2020). Kenya has strengthened imports from Uganda, but it also used a loan from IFAD to boost the domestic fish production.

    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 150 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 waste, government response...).

    The Data Lab harvests food prices data daily from 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.