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Antonio Martucci (FAO), trainer
Training on: "Using the Crop Information Portal"

January 24th-28th, 2014, at SUPARCO, Islamabad, Pakistan
Trainer: Antonio Martucci (FAO)


Give an overview of the Crop Information Portal and its graphical interface, integrated by tutorial exercises on data extraction, charting and mapping. This training is oriented to managers, policy makers, researchers or any other individuals with limited computer skills who are interested in learning to access the historical archive of information and data on crops, vegetation conditions and agro-meteorological variables available in the Portal.

Through this training, participants have familiarized with the WEB interface, tools and functionalities to filter the database and extract raw data for further analysis, generate charts and maps on the fly, analyze the retrieved information and compile outputs to improve documents, reports, bulletins or presentations for their own activities.

Furthermore, the training has strengthened participants' skills in retrieving and displaying spatial data and related information in an interactive and dynamic WEB GIS environment, transferring the acquired knowledge to the geospatial data users in their own organization.

Main objectives:

portal interface

  • Promote and increase awareness of the Portal among Government organizations, statistics agencies, universities etc..
  • Build capacity for browsing and extracting crop data and agromet variables, generating choropleth maps and charts, producing on the fly complex and multi-layers maps, and compiling reports.
  • Build capacity to use the Web mapping application embedded into the Crop Portal for generating and use local and remotely available geo-spatial layers related to the project.


  • Understanding of role and potential of the Crop Information Portal in providing data, information and analysis tools on major crops and most impacting agromet variables in Pakistan.
  • Skill in using the Portal and all its components.
  • Familiarity in extracting data and producing outputs (e.g. crop report) to be used in documents, reports, presentations or other applications, in particular to improve information content of the reports produced on a regular basis by the Provincial Crop Reporting Services.
  • Awareness of state-of-art technologies in the opensource community on which the Crop Portal has been built.


Nineteen experts from Crop Reporting Services of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan; from the Agriculture Universities of Tandojam and Faisalabad; and from SUPARCO.


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