Arab Spatial Development and Food Security Atlas

(This is a cross-post based on a blog post published Marcia MacNeil, Communications Specialist at IFPRI)

The main objective of Arab Spatial is to improve access to quality data and to support decision and policy making for a food-secure Arab world, covering the 22 member countries of the Arab League of Nations from Mauritania and Morocco in the West to Iraq and Oman in the East.

The Arab Spatial is an online information storehouse that aggregates food security and development information on more than 100 indicators from the regArab Spatial Atlasion’s governments as well as international institutions. The tool displays the data on maps that users can zoom in on the regional, national, sub-national, and even the pixel level.  Users can then build and print their own maps overlaid with information of their choosing. Data-sets available cover some of the following indices but not restricted to:

  • macroeconomics and governance
  • trade
  • agriculture, water, and energy
  • poverty, health, nutrition, and access to services
  • population and income

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is also making some of the data behind the maps available as Linked Open Data (LOD), which means that institutions can capture the information and create new knowledge products with it. The Arab Spatial Development and Food Security Atlas is a “start-up” initiative of IFPRI that is supported by the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Policies, Markets, and Institutions (PIM) Program of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR).

Watch Tutorial in English and Arabic to browse through Arab Spatial.