Estimating crop harvests
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CTA. 1986. Estimating crop harvests. Spore 6. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The crisis in Africa has shown that the ability to monitor agricultural conditions and production is indispensable if we are to predict and perhaps prevent sudden food crises. The World Information and Fast Alert System of the FAO, established in...
The crisis in Africa has shown that the ability to monitor agricultural conditions and production is indispensable if we are to predict and perhaps prevent sudden food crises. The World Information and Fast Alert System of the FAO, established in 1974, will thus be reinforced over the coming year. It is the only system that enables the supply and demand of agricultural products to be constantly monitored at the global level; that identifies regions or countries threatened by food shortages; and that evaluates the projected need for emerqencv food aid. It receives, classifies and analyses data from various sources: governmental and nongovernmental, national and foreign, as well as that from bilateral and multilateral aid agencies. It can quickly contact potential food donors through its telexed 'special alerts'. For the Sahel and during the raining season, information on crop harvests is regularly telexed every two or three weeks to donors FAO missions are another means of gathering and analysing information. They provide the basis on which FAO works: new policies have thus been adopted to develop a standard method of evaluating harvests: preparation of missions, analysis of available information (harvest situation, area under cultivation and main crops, yields, availability and price of inputs, producers' revenue, etc.) direct observation, and interviews with farmers and local officials. For further information contact: FAO, Information Service. via delle Terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome, ITALY