2023 SAG Award Winners

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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Project Goal

We aspire to improve lives and livelihoods by positioning the Data in Emergencies (DIEM) Information System as a core public good within the humanitarian sector, relied upon by stakeholders at global, continental, national and sub-national levels to make wiser resource allocations and design better programmes. Our overall goal is to contribute effectively to strengthening the resilience of millions of resource poor smallholder farmers, pastoralists and fishing communities living in fragile and food insecure contexts, allowing them to withstand and recover from multiple livelihood shocks be they natural or human induced. We do this by providing compelling evidence for decision-making and resource allocation through high quality data and analysis.
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Business Problem Solved

The DIEM Hub is the home of a sophisticated multi-country information system. It allows FAO to monitor the impact of natural and human induced hazards on rural agricultural households in food crisis, risk-prone and post-disaster contexts. For the first time, all steps of the data cycle from data collection at household level to validation, cleaning, visualization and dissemination take place through a streamlined data pipeline and a single GIS platform, providing reliable, granular and timely information to humanitarian decision-makers. Most of these activities are performed in a semi-automated way allowing for survey validation, analysis, mapping and publication within three or four weeks of data collection. Furthermore, transparency and easy access to DIEM products as a public good are paramount for FAO. Through DIEM, FAO has a one-stop shop for internal and external stakeholders involved in analysis, programming and resource allocation efforts in 30 countries.

Technology Implemented

The DIEM Hub has been developed using the ESRI software components below:

· ArcGIS API for Python
· ArcGIS Dashboards
· ArcGIS Experience Builder
· ArcGIS Hub (with Premium license)
· ArcGIS Online
· ArcGIS Pro
· ArcGIS Server
· ArcGIS Survey123 Connect
· ArcGIS Web AppBuilder
· ArcPy
· ESRI Story Maps
· Survey123

Development Team Biography

Neil Marsland is a Senior Technical Officer with FAO's Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER). He leads development of the Data in Emergencies programme and has worked for FAO’s Emergency Division for the past 16 years.

Josselin Gauny is an Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer with FAO's OER and Team Leader of the emergency assessments team. He has 15 years of experience working on food security and livelihoods in the humanitarian and development sector.

Andrea Amparore is an Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer with FAO's OER. Andrea has spent the last ten years working for both FAO and WFP as a GIS Developer, Project Manager and Data Manager.

The total DIEM team is made up of 47 additional colleagues. 22 of these work at global and regional levels including Agriculture and Food Security Assessment and Analysis Specialists, Data Engineers, GIS Specialists, Statisticians and Communication Specialists. The remaining 25 work as DIEM Country Analysts in food insecure context