Using real-time satellite data to track water productivity in agriculture
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20 April 2017, Rome--- Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. The new WaPOR open-access database has gone live today during an event at the Organization’s headquarters in Rome. According to the food agency, worldwide water utilization – the majority of which is used by agriculture – has outpaced the rate of population growth for most of the last century and an increasing area of water supply is either at or beyond the limit of sustainable use.

Jippe Hoogeveen, a Senior Land and Water Officer with FAO, tells us a bit more about how this tool will help. (Interview conducted by Sandra Ferrari)
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Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Environment/Natural resources, Food Security, Water & Irrigation
Produced by: FAO
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