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Food Insecurity, Poverty and Environment Global GIS Database (FGGD)

As part of the Poverty Mapping Project, FAO prepared a Food Insecurity, Poverty and Environment Global GIS Database (FGGD) for global analysis of food insecurity and poverty in relation to environment.

The conceptual framework and methods used to develop the GIS maps included in the FGGD were presented and described in detail in the following three FAO/NRCE (former SDRN) publications:

The following document as a previous inventory of global maps may also be considered for having helped in the preparation of the FGGD:

An example of the interactive map viewer

All data can also be found with elaborate descriptions in FAO's geospatial catalog:

The FGGD consists of six modules. To see the maps, you can visit the links below:

  1. Boundaries and topography
    1. FGGD 1.1 - Coastal and country boundaries of the world
    2. FGGD 1.2 - Inland water bodies
  2. Population
    1. FGGD 2.1 - Rural population distribution (persons per pixel), 2000
    2. FGGD 2.2 - Rural population density (persons per square kilometre), 2000
    3. FGGD 2.3 - Global population density estimates, 2015
  3. Socio-economic and nutrition indicators
    1. FGGD 3.1 - Degree of human development, by country, 2000
    2. FGGD 3.4 - Share of population undernourished, by country, 2000-2002
    3. FGGD 3.5 - Changes in the number of undernourished, by country, between 1990-1992 and 2000-2002.
  4. Environmental conditions
    1. FGGD 4.1 - Thermal climate zones of the world
    2. FGGD 4.2 - Length of growing period (LGP) zones of the world
    3. FGGD 4.3 - Coefficient of variation (CV) of length of growing period (LGP), 1901-1996
    4. FGGD 4.4 - Climatic zones of the world, based on length of growing period (LGP)
    5. FGGD 4.5 - Major soil groups of the world
    6. FGGD 4.6 - Terrain slope classes of the world
    7. FGGD 4.7 - Global land area with climate constraints
    8. FGGD 4.8 - Global land area with soil constraints
    9. FGGD 4.9 - Global land area with terrain slope constraints
    10. FGGD 4.10 - Hierarchical distribution of severe environmental constraints
  5. Land use patterns and land cover
    1. FGGD 5.1 - Occurrence of forest
    2. FGGD 5.2 - Occurrence of cropland
    3. FGGD 5.3 - Occurrence of pasture and browse
    4. FGGD 5.4 - Occurrence of barren and sparsely vegetated land
    5. FGGD 5.5 - Occurrence of irrigated areas
    6. FGGD 5.7 - Global land cover distribution, by dominant land cover type
    7. FGGD 5.8 - Irrigated area and land not currently available for rainfed agriculture, by land cover type
    8. FGGD 5.9 - Irrigated area and land not currently available for rainfed agriculture, total
    9. FGGD 5.10 - Farming system classes in developing and transition countries, 2000
  6. Land productivity potential
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