FAO launches Water Productivity Open-access portal (WaPOR)

FAO has today launched the beta version of a new Water Productivity Open-access of Remotely sensed portal (WaPOR) to monitor and report on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East.

It provides open access to the water productivity database and its thousands of underlying map layers, it allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated to water and land productivity assessments. The portal’s services are directly accessible through dedicated FAO WaPOR APIs, which will eventually be also available through the FAO API store.

WaPOR will be increasingly improved during the course of 2017 and beyond.

Achievements in earth observation science have indicated that nowadays it is feasible to determine key data on sustainable agricultural production on the basis of spatial satellite measurements, but a comprehensive methodology, both scientifically robust and effective at various scales is currently not operational. The programme will assist the Member Countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in monitoring water productivity, identifying water productivity gaps, proposing solutions to reduce these gaps and contributing to a sustainable increase of agricultural production, while taking into account ecosystems and the equitable use of water resources, which eventually should lead to an overall reduction of water stress.

Components of the database include:

  • Water Productivity Assessments
  • Land Productivity Assessments
  • Evapo Transpiration
  • Net Primary Productivity
  • Above ground biomass production
  • Crop calendars
  • Harvest Index
  • Land cover / crop classification
  • Precipitation