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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

"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 assessment of the distribution and the temporal dynamics of natural resources as well as human activities is fundamental baseline information needed for sustainable management...

The main goal of the project TCP/MCD/3602 is to improve agricultural production and increase the adaptive capacity of FYR Macedonia, by establishing National Agro-Ecological Zoning...

Recent publications

The Agro-Ecological Zones (AEZ) approach, developed by FAO with the collaboration of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), aims to: strengthen food and energy security in Thailand; assist with the formulation...
The Land Cover Atlas of Pakistan: The Balochistan Province provides a comprehensive description of the biotic and abiotic resources of the province. It includes numerous categories of cultivated land; natural vegetation and non-vegetated...