WaPOR, remote sensing for water productivity

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The FAO has developed a publicly accessible near real time database using satellite data that allows the monitoring of agricultural water productivity at different scales.

This database is the backbone of the WaPOR project that, now in its second phase, works with ten partner countries to build their capacity in the use of WaPOR data for its different applications, and to generate solutions to local challenges linked to water and land productivity as well as water management.

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WaPOR participation at the 10th World Water Forum

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) participated in the 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia, from 18 to 25 May...

Animation of the Wat Count game at the Ministry of Water Resources in Algeria

As part of the implementation of activities under the WaPOR project at the Ministry of Hydraulics, the FAO project team seized the opportunity on...

Crop mapping data collection missions in Algeria for the Mitidja Plain season 1

As part of the implementation of the activities of the project "Monitoring the productivity of land and water by remote sensing" (WaPOR phase 2)...

WaPOR presented at the 6th Conference on the use of space technology for water management in Costa Rica

Jorge Gutierrez, WaPOR national coordinator in Colombia, presented WaPOR project at the 6th Conference on the use of space technology for water management...

Workshop to present the field data collection – crop mapping for the winter season in the Jericho and Jordan Valley Governorate, Palestine

The Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ) in coordination with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry...

FAO and IWMI Host Co-Design Workshop for WaPOR-Based Irrigation Performance Assessment Tool in West Al-Gharraf, Iraq

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) collaborated to host a...

WaPOR presented during FAO's technical session at the WSTA 15th Gulf Water Conference in Doha, Qatar

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) hosted a technical session "Leveraging Geospatial Technology to Bridge the Data...

Training workshop on crop mapping in Jendouba and Kairouan, Tunisia

As part of the first component of the WaPOR 2 project, focused on "Development and provision of high-resolution data (20 m)," the project's National...

New WaPOR knowledge package in the GEO Knowledge Hub

The GEO Knowledge Hub team, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), organized a webinar to present WaPOR, FAO's Portal...

Sudan: Drought Monitoring co-development workshop

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), in collaboration with the FAO Sudan office, conducted a co-design workshop for a drought monitoring...


Highlighted publications and events

A rapid assessment was conducted in July, August, and September 2023 to estimate the extent of cultivated cropland in Sudan, considering the disruption caused by armed conflict, using geospatial data to inform immediate and long-term food security management.


This brief was produced by the FAO Investment Center under the FAO-World Bank Cooperative Programme and proposes concrete applications of WaPOR data in irrigation management by exploring the case of the Bekaa Valley.


In periods of conflict, the mechanisms for collecting agricultural data can be disrupted as it might be too unsafe for data to be collected in-situ, or crucial data-collecting infrastructure might be damaged. In such cases, remote sensing data (or earth observations data) can constitute a viable data source to turn to as an alternative or a complement. This case study explores the use of WaPOR data to monitor agricultural activity in conflict areas by focusing on the use of WaPOR data in Syria.

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The WaPOR project and the WaPOR database are made possible thanks to funding from:

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