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    10 February 2021, Niniveh Governatorate - Sheep yoghurt (laban) is very popular over Iraq providing households with cash income. FAO-EU project is supporting farmers to produce healtier products.
    News digest - 29/03/2021 to 04/04/2021
    Some highlights: Even before last week, many countries were suffering from the consequences of port congestions and container shortages, due to an unprecedented demand for specific products.
    4 December 2019, Al Hamraa, Hama Governorate, Syria - Syrian farmers take care of the wheat seeds received.
    News digest - 22/03/2021 to 28/03/2021
    Some highlights: On top of the long-term consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the United Kingdom’s food exports a currently bearing the brunt of the disruption of the trade ties between the country and the European Union and the additional paperwork that were caused by Brexit. More specifically, the export of food products like cheese, meat, chocolate and whisky took a big hit.
    June 25, 2019, Sao Paulo, Brazil - Papayas are displayed for sale on a fruit stall in a street market in Sao Paulo.
    News digest - 15/03/2021 to 21/03/2021
    Some highlights: The coronavirus pandemic had negative repercussions on food security in Tajikistan, where the movement restrictions that were imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the country and in Russia, and the ban on the export of food products, have impacted on food security and led vulnerable households to enact several coping strategies (such as limiting the amount of food
    03 August 2020, Jabaaqe village, Somaliland - Ahmed Muse inside his field affected by desert locusts.
    News digest - 08/03/2021 to 14/03/2021
    Some highlights: Venezuela is still struggling with the sanctions imposed by the United States in an unsuccessful attempt to oust the South American country’s president, who is accused of having rigged his re-election in 2018.
    12 January 2021, Santa Evelina, Quiche province, Guatemala - Isabela de la Cruz Medina, 22, harvests coffee cheeriest. She is a beneficiary of FAO's "Nueva Generacion Cafetalera" project, she has been working in coffee since she was a minor in her family's coffee field.
    News digest - 01/03/2021 to 07/03/2021
    Some highlights: In West Africa, a Chinese fish-processing plant that turns wild fish into fish meal (a dark-yellow powder made by cooking and pulverizing fish) for aquaculture is creating an environmental and economic impact in Gambia: fish meal is used as a protein-rich supplement in the industry of fish farming, and West Africa is one of the world’s fastest-growing producers of it, b
    08 February 2018, Gikonko sector, Gisagara district, Southern Province, Rwanda - Gashema Victoire working in his poultry farm.
    News digest - 22/02/2021 to 28/02/2021
    Some highlights: Dairy producers in North America have been recently identified as perpetrators and victims of the difficulties that the sector is currently facing in this region.
    05 June 2015, Kirushiya, Tanzania - Mulch, a strata of leaves and straws, is applied to a banana field in Kirushiya.
    News digest - 15/02/2021 to 21/02/2021
    Some highlights: This week’s media coverage highlights the consequences of the winter storm that has recently hit Texas, causing power outages, shortages of running water and a series of negative repercussions on the state’s food supply chain (such as the closure of food banks and pantries and several difficulties related to the supply of grocery stores).

    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 weekly 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 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.