FAO Opens up Database to Help Fight World Hunger
Saturday, 10 July 2010

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has opened a free access to its database, the world's major data source on food, agriculture and hunger, to help global efforts to fight hunger, FAO said on Friday.

The FAOSTAT (faostat.fao.org) database contains more than one million data items covering 210 countries and territories with records going back to 1961, FAO said in a statement.

"FAOSTAT is a powerful tool that can be used not just to see where hunger occurs, but to drill down and better understand why hunger occurs -- and what might be done to combat it," Pietro Gennari, FAO Statistics Division Director, said.

FAOSTAT includes data on agricultural and food production, use of fertilisers and pesticides, food aid shipments, food balance sheets, forestry and fisheries production, irrigation and water use, land use and trade in agricultural products.

Previously it was possible to download free of charge a limited amount of data from FAOSTAT but access to larger batches of statistics required a paid annual subscription, FAO said.

Source: bdnews24.com

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