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    25 February 2018, Uganda - Students learning to grow and catch fishes along the ponds of the Lira integrated school
    Monthly news digest - October 2020
    Some highlights: European hospitality industries and exporters face difficulties
    28 April 2020, Mariscal Castilla, Peru - Luis Sinche, a banana Farmer in Peru, continues to harvest his crop, providing nearby towns with fresh produce during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    News digest - 29/10/2020
    Some highlights: Hapag-Lloyd (a German international shipping company) has recently been moving empty containers from the United States to Asia as fast as possible, without waiting for loads out of North America, due to a shortage of containers that was mainly caused by the sudden increase in imports (especially soybean imports in China): this affected the American agriculture shippers (especially those that operate in the interior).
    15 June 2016, Ungheni, Moldova. Strawberry fields. FAO project TCP/MOL/3502.
    News digest - 28/10/2020
    Some highlights: La Niña is causing prolonged droughts that are affecting farmers in Venezuela and Brazil: more in particular, they caused a hike in Brazilian soybean prices, which pushed China to strengthen its soybean imports from the United States. Meanwhile, strawberry growers in California and in Florida are starting to harvest the fruit and have protested against the lower prices of Mexican strawberries, allegedly obtained through government subsidies.
    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…

    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 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.