World Food Day
Each year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day on 16 October, to commemorate its founding in 1945. On this day, a large number of events promote awareness and call to action to ensure food security worldwide, with a strong message: hunger can be ended in this lifetime. Let’s work together to become the Zero Hunger Generation!
Within FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS), a specific system for global drought monitoring was added: the Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS). For ASIS, VITO automatically processes Remote Sensing data to produce maps on the extent, duration and severity of drought events every 10 days, like the example for Nicaragua above. Information on the historical probability of drought is provided as well.
Such information is found particularly useful to guide public investments, for instance in the establishment of irrigation systems.
Discover more in the ASIS blog post 'ASIS, the tool for agricultural drought monitoring' published to help raise awareness for World Food Day 2018.