Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    FAO Data Lab
    Food prices
    Food prices monitoring and nowcasting

    The Data Lab monitors daily food prices to warn about possible anomalous dynamics, by means of analytical and visual tools. Moreover, based on daily prices and other high frequency indicators we nowcast official food consumer price indices.

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    Social unrest analysis tool

    A platform that visualizes social mood trends for each country, identified through the analysis of the tweets published by newspapers' accounts from 150 countries.

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    Vulnerability maps

    The Data Lab developed a methodology to map living conditions for countries where it was impossible to use standard approaches due to the unavailability of data from surveys/census for the most recent years.

    17 April 2020, El alto de La Paz, Bolivia - Varieties of lettuce, tomato and other vegetables are grown by Simon Laura, with the technical advice of FAO.
    Covid-19 impact analysis

    The Covid-19 impact analysis tool gathers, organises and analyses daily information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and agriculture, value chains, food prices, food security and undertaken measures.

    The Data Lab for Statistical Innovation

    Official statistical systems are facing difficulties posed by reduced budgets, cultural changes and new competitors on the market, which create data gaps as a consequence. Such gaps are widened by emergency contexts, when having access to timely information is very important. The FAO is adapting to this crisis of the traditional data collection systems by modernizing the statistical business process through the activities of the Data Lab for Statistical InnovationRead moreā€¦

    DataLab products

    The Data Lab monitors daily food prices to warn about possible anomalous dynamics, by means of analytical and visual tools. Moreover, based on daily prices and other high frequency indicators we nowcast official food consumer price indices.

    The Data Lab developed a methodology to map living conditions for countries where it was impossible to use standard approaches due to the unavailability of data from surveys/census for the most recent years. See our vulnerability maps.

    A platform that visualizes social mood trends for each country, identified through the analysis of the tweets published by newspapers' accounts from 150 countries.

    The Covid-19 impact analysis tool gathers, organises and analyses daily information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and agriculture, value chains, food prices, food security and undertaken measures.

    DataLab areas of work

    The Data Lab collects data at the national and sub-national levels to fill the data gaps of the National Statistical Systems. Click here to read more about this topic area. See initial results on sub-national agricultural production data. See also daily prices collected from alternative sources.

    Most frequent words in newspapers' media coverage and tweets about food value chain disruptions. Click here to read more about this area of work. Check our media coverage page, the daily news digests, the Covid-19 impact analysis tool and the social unrest analysis tool based on tweets and news data.

    The Data Lab uses text mining to analyse agricultural policy documents stored in FAOLEX. Click here to learn more about this topic area. See the analytical tool on the use of agricultural statistics in policy.

    The integration between statistical and geospatial data is fundamental to improve the monitoring of global development outcomes. Click here to learn more about this topic area.