WaPOR, remote sensing for water productivity

WaPOR phase 2

After a first phase of the project that was focused on the development and improvement of the database, the second phase will continue that work while focusing more heavily on applications and uses of the data by working closely with relevant stakeholders in 10 partner countries. 

Partner countries: Algeria, Mali, Tunisia, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt,
Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mozambique.

Phase 2 of the WaPOR project will have three main components (outputs):


    Component 1: the spatial database

    The current WaPOR database, containing data related to biomass production, evapotranspiration and agricultural land and water productivity in Africa and the Near East, will be continued and expanded, ensuring an uninterrupted data availability since 2009. More higher resolution (30m resolution) areas will be created for partner countries lending themselves to different types of applications such as monitoring of the health of specific crops in the fields, higher precision irrigation monitoring and scheduling, among others.  


    Component 2: capacity development

    This component of the project is a central one as it will enable local stakeholders to make use of the database in the elaboration of practical solutions to locally-identified issues, and end-users to put them in practice. The capacity development will also cover policy-relevant applications that support sustainable water management, water governance and agricultural policies. 

    The range of stakeholders that can be involved in the project is wide, though each partner country, with its local realities and needs, might feature a more succinct list: research institutes, universities, policy-makers, extension service officers, water user groups, irrigation scheme managers, local and international NGOs, relevant private companies, etc. 

    Wherever necessary, the project will support the training of the stakeholders to ensure the country-specific project outcomes are met following the didactical approach that is most appropriate for the needs of the target stakeholders. 

    The capacity development efforts that will be undertaken under WaPOR 2 will have a strong consideration for long-term sustainability, aiming to focus on partners that can continue to provide services after the end of the project. 


    Component 3: compendium of implementable solutions and tools

    This project component foresees the co-development of a compendium of user-centered solutions and practical tools to effectively improve agricultural land and water productivity at different scales based on near real time information from the WaPOR database. Such solutions and tools might vary from practical ICT solutions to improve agricultural production systems, to de-risk investments (e.g. credit and insurance) and support water management (e.g. modernization of irrigation systems), water governance (e.g. water accounting and auditing) and agricultural policies in river basins and countries, etc.

    Under this component, and in combination with capacity development efforts, the project aims to create a community of practice that is capable and will further the improvement and use of the data to reach the intended outcome of the project, which is the increased capacity of FAO members in monitoring terrestrial biomass production and evapotranspiration to assess land and water productivity in rainfed and irrigated agriculture, and contribute to sustainable crop production intensification adapted to a changing climate.