PRESS Title : FAO satellite data can help Iran agriculture water management
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Sunday, January 10, 2016 - iana
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A new open-access data portal to be developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will use satellite imagery to help water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa better manage this precious resource.
“The portal will contribute to provide significant insight that will assist countries afflicted by water scarcity to get more crops for every drop of water” the FAO Representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Serge Nakouzi said.
“This new portal will prove to be an invaluable tool from which, countries such as Iran that are faced with the existing challenges of securing greater effectiveness in managing available water resources could undoubtedly benefit ” he add.
The aim of the new data portal is to collect and analyze satellite information that can be used to improve land and water productivity and boost the sustainability of agricultural systems. All information will be openly available for countries and users who need it.
Remote sensing satellite images offer governments near real-time information regarding the use of natural resources for food growth and production, making assessments and improvements to existing agricultural practices more efficient and cost effective, he added.'
Remote sensing technologies have revolutionized the possibilities for assessing land and water productivity through greater coverage and data capture, however many countries lack the capacity and resources to analyze and work with this data.
The new database will be developed at three spatial scales: the continental level over the whole of Africa and Near East, country and river basin level and, irrigation scheme level. This will allow experts to cross check results at the various levels ensuring appropriate recommendations for improvements in different settings.

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