Reference: New Version of FAOSTAT Statistical Database Offers Improved, Easier Access to Data on Agricultural Indicators
FAO is pleased to launch a new and revamped FAOSTAT web site, making the world’s most comprehensive statistical database on food, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources management and nutrition even more accessible for public use.
The updated web-based tool, now in its fourth edition, includes a host of behind-the-scenes technological improvements as well as user-friendly innovations such as full compatibility with mobile devices and superior download options that will significantly improve the overall user-experience.
FAOSTAT offers free, open and easy access to time-series and cross-sectional data for 245 countries and territories starting from 1961.
It now offers a completely new state-of-the-art user interface, accessible by smartphone and tablet as well as by personal computer. Its search options have been enhanced, filters improved and navigation simplified, while the overall system architecture has been made more flexible, allowing quicker publication of new data sets in the future.
Data visualization has been improved with the new tool, and it is now possible to download customized data sets, maps and charts that users could previously only browse.
The new FAOSTAT also introduces a new feature, presenting a set of ready-to-use key indicators – ranging from land use and food production to food access and government budget allocations for agriculture – by country, region and for the whole world.
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