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.
Head here to find out who are the partners that make WaPOR possible.
Latest news and updates
On 8 February 2024, the WaPOR team visited the project area in Jendouba, in Tunisia. Jendouba is one of the two Tunisian high-resolution areas, available...
FAO's portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open-access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR) was presented during the Digitalisation Session...
Last November, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) signed an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of Ethiopia...
2023 has been a full year for WaPOR!
Our involvement in key events like the
In January 2024, the FAO, in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), conducted the second...
On-the-job training series in Jordan, first session on using WaPOR data for irrigation performance assessment
The FAO, in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), launched the on-the-job...
At this year's edition of the International Advanced School in Agricultural Meteorology in Bratislava, Slovakia, Bert Coerver conducted a comprehensive...
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), in collaboration with the FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in Ethiopia, recently introduced...
Three important meetings were held to present and discuss the initial prototype of the Irrigation Performance Assessment Tool for the North Jordan...
IHE Delft launched on-the-job Water Accounting Plus (WA+) training on August 1, 2023, providing participants with a foundational virtual experience....
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.
Sponsorship and partnerships:The WaPOR project and the WaPOR database are made possible thanks to funding from:
Find out more in the dedicated partner's page.
- Land and Water division website
- AQUASTAT dissemination system
- FAO article: "Using real-time satellite data to track water productivity in agriculture"
- UN-Water on WaPOR