FAO introduced a new and updated FAOSTAT website, making the world's most comprehensive statistical database on food, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management and nutrition even more accessible. The updated web tool - in its fourth edition - incorporates multiple technology improvements as well as various easy-to-use innovations, full mobile device compatibility and new download options, which will significantly enhance the overall user experience.
FAOSTAT offers free, open and simple access to time series and cross-sectional data from 245 countries and territories since 1961. It regularly receives about 200,000 monthly visits by national statisticians, government officials, researchers, the private sector, international agencies, civil society and media from all over the world.
The new FAO website offers a completely new and state-of-the-art user interface, accessible from mobile phone, tablet and personal computer. Its search options have been expanded, filters have been improved and navigation simplified, while the overall architecture of the system has been made more flexible, allowing the publication of new datasets to be faster in the future. Data visualization has been enhanced with the new tool, and users can now download custom datasets, maps and graphs that previously could only be queried.
The new FAOSTAT also provides a set of key indicators, including land use and food production or access to food and government budget allocated for agriculture, all of which can be consulted by country, region and world-level.
Some of these indicators are being used to assess and measure the progress made towards achieving the goals set in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. FAO is responsible for 21 key ODS indicators, and FAOSTAT will contribute to monitoring the commitments of the international community to eradicate extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition by 2030, as well as to promote sustainable agriculture and the utilization of natural resources.