As part of its ‘Remote Sensing for Water Productivity’ programme, FAO is developing and implementing an online platform (WaPOR ) which provides free access to satellite based data for monitoring of and reporting on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East. This database supports national governments and other organisations to monitor and report on (agricultural) water productivity and to identify and mitigate water productivity gaps, which contributes to a sustainable increase of agricultural production. WaPOR allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated to water and land productivity assessments.
eLEAF leads the consortium that provides the satellite based data in the WaPOR database. The core of our service to the FAO is the delivery of three datasets related to water productivity covering 10 years (2009 – 2019):
Level 1: A continental level dataset delivered at a resolution of 250m which includes all land area shown in figure above within a rectangle with the coordinates (UL) 30W, 40N; (LR) 65E, 40S, designated as Africa or the Near East;
Level 2: A country/basin level dataset delivered at a resolution of 100 m which includes the following countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, South Sudan, Mali, Benin, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Uganda, Syria, West Bank & Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen. This dataset tentatively includes the following river basins: Jordan/Litani river basin, the Nile basin, the Awash basin and the Niger inner Delta.
Level 3: An irrigation scheme level dataset delivered at a resolution of 30m which will include pilot areas to be selected in the river basins mentioned in the second dataset.
It is beyond any doubt that the efforts FAO is currently undertaking to develop this operational database on agricultural water and land productivity will contribute to increase agricultural production, improve food security and protect the environment.
For more information on the wider FAO ‘Remote Sensing for Water Productivity’ programme click here.