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    FAO Geospatial Unit. Data, methods, tools, for sustainable food systems 2018
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    What is the FAO Geospatial Unit and what does it do? The aim of this flyer is to describe essentially the activity of the team, how - with more than 30 years of experience in the development and use of geospatial methods and tools - it collects and disseminates data, how precious is its support to the development of agricultural plans for the governments of the increasing countries and its contribution to implement appropriate solutions, to create sustainable food systems (FAO SO2). This is in line with the priorities of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and it is clear however that no meaningful and effective action can be taken without sound and timely data to inform and guide decision makers. This informative flyer will be our visit card at meetings, events, international forums, etc. for creating awareness about the projects of monitoring and mapping that we can offer, based on the latest and most efficient spatial technologies.
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    A framework for monitoring geospatial indicators of the Resilience of Organizations for Transformative Smallholder Agriculture project 2024
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    The Gambia, home to 2.5 million people, is grappling with challenges such as food insecurity, migration, and a significant poverty rate of 62 percent. Despite the heavy reliance on agriculture for employment, its modest contribution to the GDP does not significantly alleviate poverty. To address these issues, the Gambia's government, with IFAD's support, launched the ROOTS project, aiming to enhance agricultural productivity through strategic investments and collaborative efforts.This publication delves into the synergy between agricultural advancement and the ROOTS initiative, focusing on its pioneering use of spatial monitoring. It showcases the development of a geospatial platform that plays a pivotal role in gathering and analyzing critical data like land use, soil quality, and weather patterns. This tool offers vital real-time, location-specific information that is essential for informed decision-making, efficient use of resources, and strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers. The platform encompasses six key elements: rice production, vegetable gardening, mangroves, forestry, agroforestry, and infrastructure development.Furthermore, the publication underscores the involvement of the FAO, which has been instrumental in enhancing technical capabilities in geospatial technology. The FAO's contributions include generating key indicators for the project components, beginning with an updated land cover map for The Gambia. This map is part of a newly developed National Land Cover Reference System (NLCRS), which provides a standardized method for classifying land cover in accordance with international norms. The NLCRS offers local stakeholders valuable, sustainable tools for effective land monitoring, planning, and management.
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    Proceedings of the virtual event Geospatial for sustainable agriculture and urban development
    15/sep/22
    2022
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    The population growth rate and urbanization rate in Africa have created unprecedented challenges in the already existing problems of urban poverty, overcrowding conditions, food insecurity and inadequate provision for water, sanitation, drainage and healthcare. Coupled with the anticipated increase in temperature and erratic rainfall patterns and the total urban population surpassing the rural population by 2035, African cities are among the most vulnerable to climate change, urban poverty and food insecurity. To counter the growing vulnerabilities, build resilience and adapt to climate change, an evidence-based decision support system through geospatial technologies is increasingly used in developmental planning (e.g., through multi-criteria analysis, weighted sum model). However, access to the technical and technological advancements in geospatial tools, technologies, and public platforms and forums to interact and share information and expertise in Africa is lacking. To improve knowledge sharing on the use of geospatial technologies in support to sustainable urban and agricultural development, the virtual event “Geospatial for Sustainable Agriculture and Urban Development” was organized on September 15, 2022. This virtual event gathers 90 participants from 39 countries and 52 organizations to share experiences and strengthen collaboration on using geospatial information and resources for sustainable urban environments, agriculture, and food security in Africa. The Director of the Land and Water Division at FAO gave the opening remark for the event and highlighted FAO’s commitment to improving food security, sustainable agriculture and urban forestry through evidence-based decision-making and geospatial tools and technologies.

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