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

Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world and is a major producer of agricultural products. With 45% of the population...

The project “Sustainable Land Management in target landscapes of Central Angola (GCP/ANG/055/GFF)” aims at reversing negative land degradation trends in selected landscapes in...

Since the presentation of the National Action Plan (NAP) in 2005, the legal framework, planning and institutional processes in areas related to the...

Recent publications

This publication provides the GAEZ v4 model documentation for (1) Agro-climatic analysis, (2) Crop biomass and yield calculations, (3) Land Utilization Types, (4) Observed phenology and crop...
Agriculture has an important role in North Macedonia and in 2017 it accounted for 7.9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the country. However, agriculture’s share of the country’s GDP has been decreasing...