Publication Date
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2012

This updated website, published by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), presents a new interface for FAOSTAT, an online data resource center focussing on food and agricultural statistics. FAOSTAT includes raw data, analyses and tools to compare data across a series of thematic areas. The data cover 245 countries and 35 regions from 1961 to the present.
The platform includes tools to visualize data and perform statistical analyses across areas including: trade; food balance sheets; food supply; population; prices; production; forestry; investment; resources; and commodity balances. New launches of information areas on greenhouse gases (GHG), food security, and agri-environmental indicators are expected over the coming months.

The website is organised into a set of views that allow visitors to interact with the platform in several ways:

  • The Home tab describes new and upcoming features and content calendars, along with links to related FAO programs and strategic partners.
  • The Browse Data view offers several filtering options for the user to view historical trends by Domain (production, trade, prices, resources, etc), by country or region, or by rankings of commodities, imports, and exports per region.
  • The Download view is designed to allow the download of data based on user-selected filtering criteria, or the option of bulk reports selected from domain categories.
  • Compare Data provides the ability for users to view data comparisons between specific product items and elements directly through the web interface.
  • Search Data functionality lets users search reports for specific items, with some time and geographic filtering ability.
  • FAOSTAT Analysis consists of a series of statistical functions. Currently, users can perform linear regression and univariate analysis, but the system is designed to include more functions, which will be added in the next versions.
  • Methods & Standards - Methodology section for data describes data compilation, coverages, resources, sources, and related concepts for the major data groups, such as crops and livestock production, agricultural production indices, agricultural trade flows, producer prices, and population information.

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FAOSTAT website, December 23 2012.