Agricultural Stress Index System - ASIS

Sep 2018

Agricultural drought is a climatic phenomenon that slowly develops and has an impact on the agricultural sector across the globe. Since it affects food production and access to resources, it endangers the livelihoods and lives of millions of households. In order to develop drought policies and plans it is important to have real time georeferenced information that allows taking timely decisions given a drought risk.

FAO has developed an information system that allows countries to monitor vegetation and crops of their territory using satellite data: the Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS). FAO is currently supporting governments around the world to calibrate ASIS to their national conditions so that they can count on updated information for monitoring drought and developing preparedness, mitigation and response plans.