FAO’s open-access database WaPOR – funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands – provides satellite derived data on water consumption and water productivity for Africa and the Near East to help optimize irrigation management and achieve more reliable agricultural yields.

Recently the WaPOR database was expanded with 5 new L3 areas in Rwanda, Senegal and Sri Lanka with support of the KnoWat project. Furthermore over 2 million km2 of L2 data was added to cover the entire Sahelian-Sudanese Belt, which will support decision making related to theGreatGreenWall initiative.

The FRAME consortium led by eLEAF ensures the WaPOR database is updated every 10 days to show how much biomass and yield is produced per cubic meter of water consumed. The WaPOR data is used by a wide range of users, as is demonstrated by the WaPOR applications catalogue, a repository of case studies and resources. Last month the World Resources Institute established a baseline water risk assessment model in Ethiopia using WaPOR irrigated area and evapotranspiration. “