The World Food Summit (WFS) was held in Rome in November 1996. As part of that Summit, FAO prepared a Technical Atlas on themes related to sustainable food security. It consists of 19 global maps covering key areas such as undernutrition, population growth, food production growth, soil degradation, trade and refugees.
The maps are being made available here for browsing in GIF format and for downloading in two GIS formats: Arc/Info and Shapefile. Both formats can be read by various GIS software packages, e.g. ArcView, Atlas GIS and MapInfo. The maps can also be viewed using a map viewer software, ArcExplorer, which is available for free download from ESRI Inc.
The Report and documents of the World Food Summit can be found through the World Food Summit homepage (see WFS documents). The maps can also be downloaded in PDF format, from the WFS Technical Atlas page.
Please note the FAO copyright and disclaimer on downloadable maps below.
Acknowledgements The preparation of the World Food Summit technical background documents has mobilized, in addition to FAO's own staff contribution, a considerable amount of expertise in the international scientific community, drawn from partner international institutions and governmental or non-governmental circles. The process has been monitored at FAO by an internal Reading Committee, composed of staff selected ad personam and established to ensure that the whole collection meets appropriate quality and consistency criteria.
The maps have been conceived by FAO's Joseph Cooper and Pier Luigi Iacoacci. They made use of relevant FAO databases as well as published sources. In addition, the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Global assessment of human-induced soil degradation [GLASOD]) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have very kindly granted authorization to FAO to reproduce maps and to use databases of their ownership.
While most grateful for the contributions received from all partners, the FAO WFS Secretariat bears the final responsibility for the content of the document.
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