Food and Agriculture Microdata Catalogue (FAM)

The Food and Agriculture Microdata (FAM) Catalogue provides an inventory of datasets collected through farm and household surveys which contain information related to agriculture, food security,  and nutrition. The FAM catalogue is populated by datasets which are collected directly by FAO and datasets whose collection are supported in some way by FAO. Our aim is to be a one-stop-shop containing metadata on all agricultural censuses and surveys which are publically available as well as provide direct access and/or links to the microdata.

FAM is continuously updated as new datasets from FAO and member countries become available. Organizations which collect relevant data are also highly encouraged to submit datasets for dissemination through FAM.

Development of the FAM was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development. Surveys including the Food Insecurity Experience Scale collected through the Gallup World Poll received large contributions from the Department for International Development, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

What are microdata?

  • Microdata are unit-level information usually collected through surveys, censuses, and administrative sources.
  • Microdata contain information on individuals, households, business, geographic areas, etc. and are rich input into policy analysis, research, and highly disaggregated (e.g. by gender, migration status, indigenous, age group, etc.) statistics.

What are microdata used for?

  • FAO and Member States increasingly rely on microdata for monitoring and evaluation, tailoring programming and policy interventions, conducting research, and monitoring important development trends such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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