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FAO Water Productivity Open Access Portal (WaPOR)

The WaPOR data portal, developed by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is a tool that uses satellite data to monitor agricultural land- and water productivity throughout Africa and the Near East. The ability to monitor in near real time aims to assist relevant stakeholders in identifying water productivity gaps, proposing solutions to reduce these gaps to contribute to a sustainable increase of agricultural production and thus food security. In addition, the database will contribute to a more sustainable, productive and climate change resilient way of practicing agriculture, with a reduced impact on the environment in general and on fresh water resources.

Three different datasets (called ‘levels’) will be produced, comprising of several data components. A beta release of WaPOR was launched on 20 April 2017 and provides Actual Evapotranspiration and Net Primary Productivity (Biomass) data with a spatial resolution of 250m (Level I). In a later stage, WaPOR will also provide data at 100 meter resolution (Level II) for some selected countries and river basins, as well as data for selected areas at 30 meter resolution (Level III). Actual Evapotranspiration, Net Primary Productivity, Land cover classification and Above Ground Biomass production will be produced at all three levels.

More information can be found here and WaPOR can be accessed here.

The following video provide pointers as to how to start using the WaPOR Database.