Spatial Information Management for Food and Agriculture
PublisherFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Resource TypesStatistics and Data
DescriptionAppropriate geo-referenced information on physical and socio-economic resources for agriculture in the broadest sense (including forestry and fisheries) is of substantial value in the analysis of economic feasibility and environmental acceptability of agricultural and rural development and food security programmes. Over the last few years FAO has established geo-referenced data bases on land cover, global land and water resources, on worldwide forest resources and has created a global fisheries information system. FAO has also initiated global inventories of livestock production systems and initiated the mapping of generalized farming systems. Data can be viewed and downloaded via the 'GIS Gateway'.