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Data & Tools

GIEWS collects various data to support its own technical activities. However, as these datasets are a valuable resource also to support countries in gathering evidence for policy decisions, or planning by development partners, GIEWS, together with other FAO units, has developed several web-based tools to facilitate widespread access and analysis of the data.

Country Cereal Balance Sheet (CCBS)

The Country Cereal Balance Sheet (CCBS) system is a unique database created and continuously kept up to date by GIEWS, with data since 1980. It contains annual supply and utilization balances for the main cereals produced and consumed in all countries of the world. To access the data:

The Food Price Monitoring and Analysis (FPMA) Tool went online in 2009. The database includes over 1400 monthly domestic retail and/or wholesale price series of major foods consumed in 94 countries and weekly/monthly prices for 85 internationally traded foods. The Tool provides easy access to the data, allowing users to quickly browse and analyse trends of single price series, create comparisons among countries/markets/commodities, and download charts, data and basic statistics such as maximum and minimum levels, averages, percentage changes and standard deviations over different time periods.

To support its analysis and supplement ground-based information, GIEWS utilizes remote sensing data that can provide a valuable insight on water availability and vegetation health during cropping seasons. In addition to rainfall estimates and the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), GIEWS and FAO NRC Division have developed the Agricultural Stress Index (ASI), a quick-look indicator for early identification of agricultural areas probably affected by dry spells, or drought in extreme cases.

Food aid shipments transaction data is provided by WFP and re-processed according to FAO needs. Data starts from 1988, is updated four times per year, and is disseminated through the FAOSTAT website.