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World Food and Agriculture - Statistical Yearbook 2020

After seven years of absence, the revamp of the FAO Statistical Yearbook coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Organization. This is per se a strong statement on the importance and value that FAO assigns to data and statistics as a strategic global public good that contributes to shaping the future world, and is at the foundation of our efforts to advance sustainable development.

This publication, prepared by the FAO Statistics Division, offers a synthesis of the major factors at play in the global food and agricultural landscape. Statistics are presented in four thematic chapters, covering the economic importance of agricultural activities, inputs, outputs and factors of production, their implications for food security and nutrition and their impacts on the environment. The Yearbook is meant to constitute a primary tool for policy makers, researchers and analysts, as well as the general public interested in the past, present and future path of food and agriculture.

THE STRUCTURE
The Statistical Yearbook 2020 is divided into four thematic chapters:
• Chapter 1 (Economic dimensions of agriculture) provides an overview of agriculture, forestry and fishing from an economic standpoint.
• Chapter 2 (Production, trade and prices of commodities) presents the outputs of the sector in terms of the production and trade of the different commodities and the evolution of prices.
• Chapter 3 (Food security and nutrition) looks at how some of these outputs are consumed by narrowing the focus on
food security and nutrition.
• Chapter 4 (Sustainability and environmental aspects of agriculture) deals with the impacts of the sector as a whole on the environment.

DATA PRESENTATION CONVENTIONS
The cut-off date for the data was 21 September 2020. When country data have not been reported for the reference year, an asterisk (*) on the year label indicates that the value for the most recent year available is shown. For example, 2016–2018* means that the most recent value for the period from 2016 to 2018 is shown.

Now more than ever, timely, accurate and high-quality statistics are essential to monitor trends and inform policy decisions, whether concerning the longer-term challenge of delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or the immediate threat represented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statistical work has been at the core of FAO’s activities and mandate since its foundation in 1945. FAO is a leading provider of internationally comparable data on food, nutrition and agriculture, which is gathered from national statistical offices and its network of partner agencies, and harmonized to paint a global picture. Data provide, at the same time, the indispensable evidence base that countries require to formulate policy decisions and monitor progress towards agreed objectives. All these data are summarized in this Statistical Yearbook.

Drawing on the wealth of information that FAO statisticians produce across the Organization, this publication, prepared by the Statistics Division, offers a synthesis of the major factors at play in the global food and agricultural landscape. Statistics are presented in four thematic chapters, covering the economic importance of agricultural activities, inputs, outputs and factors of production, their implications for food security and nutrition and their impacts on the environment. The Yearbook is meant to constitute a primary tool for policy makers, researchers and analysts, as well as the general public interested in the past, present and future path of food and agriculture.

It has to be noted that this Statistical Yearbook is only one of a series of tools and statistical publications that FAO provides to users. The freely accessible FAOSTAT data platform contains the largest statistical database on food and agriculture in the world, with approximately 20 000 indicators covering more than 245 countries and territories, and around two million users each year. FAO’s Statistical Pocketbook complements the Yearbook, by providing a quick and easy reference on the main facts and trends of food and agriculture.

In addition to compiling and disseminating data like those presented in this Yearbook, FAO is also involved in strengthening the statistical capacity of countries to produce more and better data; setting standards and methodologies; and leveraging big data innovations. FAO is committed to ensuring free access to current, reliable, timely and trusted data, as it is necessary to chart a course towards a more sustainable agriculture and a world free of hunger.

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