[OSGeo-Discuss] Global Food Security - Great example from FAO

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Sat Mar 31 00:00:45 PDT 2018

Might be of interest to some of you working in AgriGIS research...

Great initiative and example from colleagues at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on providing  access to interactive maps, satellite imagery and related spatial databases maintained by FAO and its partners. Through this website FAO facilitates multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development and supports decision making in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food security.

Maps, including those derived from satellite imagery, are effective communicational tools and play an important role in the work of various types of users:

  *   Decision Makers: e.g. Sustainable development planners and humanitarian and emergency managers in need of quick, reliable and up to date user-friendly cartographic products as a basis for action and better plan and monitor their activities.
  *   GIS Experts in need of exchanging consistent and updated geographical data.
  *   Spatial Analysts in need of multidisciplinary data to perform preliminary geographical analysis and reliable forecasts to better set up appropriate interventions in vulnerable areas.

The FAO GeoNetwork allows to easily share spatial data among different FAO Units, other UN Agencies, NGO's and other institutions.

The FAO GeoNetwork site is powered by GeoNetwork opensource. GeoNetwork opensource has been developed to connect spatial information communities and their data using a modern architecture, which is at the same time powerful and low cost, based on the principles of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and International and Open Standards for services and protocols (from ISO/TC211 and OGC).

Details at http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/srv/en/main.home

Best wishes,


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