Updated June 2004

Geographic Information Systems in Sustainable Development

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1. Background: FAO and natural resources databases
2. Concepts, history
3. Technical aspects of GIS
4. Applications of GIS technology
5. Poverty and Food Insecurity Mapping
6. Global datasets in digital format
Appendix A: Maps of the World Food Summit
Download GIS versions of maps | Browse: Chronic undernutrition / Population growth / Dietary patterns / Dietary energy supply / Vitamin A deficiency / Economic importance of agriculture / Food production growth / Food production growth per caput / Growth in cereal yields / Irrigated land / Water utilization intensity / Human-induced soil degradation / Fish as food / Forests and other wooded lands / Food import dependency / Rural and urban populations / Role of trade / Refugees / Food aid

Appendix B: World Soil Resources map
Appendix C: SOTER East Africa soil map

Hélène Durand, Marina Zanetti, Sabrina Agnesi, Pepe Aguilar-Manjarrez, Beatrice Crescenzi, Gertrude Pieper, Francesca Caparrini

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