Geospatial information for sustainable food systems

FAO's work on Geospatial

Agriculture, globally provides direct livelihoods for 2.5 billion people and feeds the entire planet. It must, by 2050, produce 49 percent more food than in 2012 as populations grow and diets change. Yet climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, water scarcity, pollution and many other challenges are hampering these efforts to feed the planet.

The undertaking under the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is for everyone to address these issues; it is clear however that no meaningful and effective action can be taken without sound and timely data to inform and guide decision makers. This is why geospatial data, methods and tools - simply defined as information with a geographical component - is relevant for agriculture.

FAO has more than 30 years of experience in the development and use of geospatial data, methods and tools, which are applied to national, regional and global sustainable development planning and implementation. FAO helps countries implement appropriate geospatial solutions, that can assist their efforts to create sustainable food systems. This work is organized and delivered to developing countries through projects and programs carried out both at HQ and regional, sub-regional, and national offices to ensure that best practices and standards are adopted and implemented.

Projects

The use, distribution and temporal dynamics of natural resources as well as human activities is fundamental information needed for sustainable land management, particularly in zones...

"Building Disaster Resilience in Pakistan" is a UK/DFID funded programme aimed at directly supporting  the implementation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and...

The main goal of the project TCP/MCD/3602 is to improve agricultural production and increase the adaptive capacity of the Republic of North Macedonia, by establishing...

Recent publications

Due to more and more frequent extreme climate events (floods, drought, and frosts) and due to the changes in precipitation (amounts, seasonality, intensity) and warming temperatures that are impacting rainfed agriculture and changing growing seasons,...
Agriculture is crucial for the national economy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Adoption of new strategies for agriculture monitoring, rural land use planning, and management are urgently required to reduce hunger and...