UN and Google launch Sustainable Development Partnership

A partnership has been formed between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Google. The partnership between the United States technology giant and FAO was formed to boost sustainable development by working together to make a high resolution satellite data a tool in the exploration of the world’s natural resources.

This was designed to assist stakeholders in accessing needed information for certain conclusions and/or policies. The Director General of FAO, Jose Graziano da Silva said that the partnership will bring about a new level of environmental literacy. He also said that it will work better as more people are involved.

The partnership will allow google make data and processing power more accessible while FAO works on ways to get useful information.

The initiative has resulted in the kick-start of a Global Dryland Assessment where experts, researchers and institutions alongside FAO are combining strength. The new initiative is said to have the capacity to reduce the loss of crop yields and ensure plant health.


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