Data for development: FAO statistical pocketbook 2019


The implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is just at the onset. Pursuing the wide and ambitious Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs) calls for timely and effective policy actions in a quickly evolving world. In this context, the ability to design sound policies and monitor their outcomes is a key requirement. Measuring progress towards international goals and their national and subnational specifications is of paramount importance. 

This pocketbook presents, at a glance, selected key indicators on agriculture and food security, and is meant to serve as an easy-to- access and quick reference for all stakeholders and partners involved in policy formulation or decision-making processes. 

The indicators are presented in two sections, one thematic and one country-specific, and are organized along four main themes:

  • Setting: it describes the main trends in the use of agricultural resources
  • Hunger: it provides estimates of the two indicators for SDG2: the prevalence of undernourishment and the prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity
  • Food supply: it offers information on the nature and quantity of the world agricultural production trade
  • Environment: it examines the interactions of agriculture with the ecosystem in the evolving context of climate change