The integration between statistical and geospatial data is fundamental to improve the monitoring of global development outcomes. Over the last 10 years, FAO assisted around 70 countries in producing national land cover databases and crop forecasts by using Earth Observation data. FAO’s Agricultural Development Economics Division developed the Sent2Agri toolbox with the University of Louvain and the European Space Agency, a set of methods and tools to produce Earth Observation products for agriculture monitoring.
Furthermore, FAO's Statistics Division and the FAO Corporate Statistical Database (FAOSTAT) joined efforts to deliver innovative products that assist countries in filling potential gaps in data collection:
Finally, the FAO'S Data Lab for Statistical Innovation is developing a new tool in collaboration with the FAO's Office of the Chief Statistician that links the use of satellite imagery to agriculture mapping and crop assessment, and which will be capable of producing estimates on agricultural production.