The Database is a feature on our website aim at providing access to relevant external databases sources specific to our areas of expertise and those of our partners. We encourage you to explore these databases sources with the expectation to use the information therein in accordance with the specific Term of Use requirements of each database source. We will update the database resources periodically. If you have specific questions or inquiries of any of the listed databases, please direct your questions or inquiries to the specific Database Administration located on the database website. Databases are arranged according to major thematic areas of interest to us and our partners.

Agriculture, Food Security, Food Systems

Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators – Use ASTI’s data graphing and download tool to access datasets on agricultural research expenditures and human resource capacity in a large number of low- and middle-income countries. You can filter the data by country, indicator, or sub-indicator, as shown below. Please make sure you have selected one or more countries before proceeding to data download.

Farm Households & Survey Databases on Rice Research – data collected and compiled by the International Rice Research Institute.

International Rice Information System (IRIS) – IRIS is the rice implementation of the International Crop Information System (ICIS) which is a database system that provides integrated management of global information on genetic resources and crop cultivars. This includes germplasm pedigrees, field evaluations, structural and functional genomic data (including links to external plant databases) and environmental (GIS) data.

Ricepedia – is an online repository of relevant and contextual information about rice as a plant, as food, as a commodity, and as a cultural centerpiece. This site is maintained by the International Rice Research Institute, AfricaRice, and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. is also an online counterpart of Rice Almanac, an encyclopedia on rice.

World Rice Statistics (WRS) – WRS is a compilation of national and sub-national data on rice area, production, and yield overtime for major rice producing countries of the world.

Genesys – Genesys PGR (Plant Genetic Resources) is a free online global portal which allows the exploration of the world’s crop diversity through a single website.

Rice SNP-SEEK database – This site provides Genotype, Phenotype, and Variety Information for rice (Oryza sativa L.). SNP genotyping data (called against five reference genomes: Nipponbare reference Os-Nipponbare-Reference-IRGSP-1.0, 93-11, IR 64, Kasalath and DJ123) came from 3,000 Rice Genomes Project .

IRRI Dataverse – Dataverse, developed by Harvard University, is an online repository for archiving and sharing research data. It is a platform where studies are made searchable through standard metadata and available through appropriate access.

Water, Land & Forest Resources



Statistical Databases

Statistical Database of the Economic Commission of Europe

Comparable data for Europe, North America and Central Asia.

Social Indicators

Follow-up and monitoring implementation of major United Nations conferences.

Millennium Development Goals Indicators

Official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for indicators to measure progress towards the MDGs.

UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade)

International trade statistics by commodities and partner countries.


DataBank is an analysis and visualization tool that contains collections of time series data on a variety of topics provided by the World Bank. You can create your own queries; generate tables, charts, and maps; and easily save, embed, and share them. Some data attributes that can be accessed via the DataBank include the following: World Development Indicators, Statistical Capacity Indicators, Education Statistics – All Indicators, Gender Statistics, and Health Nutrition and Population Statistics.


The Microdata Library is a service established to facilitate access to microdata that provide information about people living in developing countries, their institutions, their environment, their communities and the operation of their economies. It participates in the World Bank’s commitment to wholesale and democratize research, in line with the Bank’s philosophy of Open Data, Open Knowledge, and Open Solutions. The Microdata Library includes datasets that have been produced by the World Bank, such as impact evaluation of the Bank’s operations or research on development issues. The Microdata Library also includes datasets from other international organizations, statistical agencies and other agencies in low and middle-income countries.

Data Catalog

The World Bank’s Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data, according to the Open Data Terms of Use. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank datasets, including databases, pre-formatted tables, reports, and other resources.

Environmental Data Explorer
The Environmental Data Explorer is the authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments. Its online database holds more than 500 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like Freshwater, Population, Forests, Emissions, Climate, Disasters, Health and GDP. Display them on-the-fly as maps, graphs, data tables or download the data in different formats.