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Geographic Boundaries

Geographic Boundaries

FEWS NET maintains current and historical national and subnational administrative boundaries for FEWS NET-monitored countries. These geospatial data resources identify the geographic boundaries of administrative divisions within a given country. FEWS NET monitors changes to administrative boundaries over time and uses these shapefiles to develop a variety of FEWS NET mapping products (i.e., acute food insecurity classification maps, livelihood zone maps, trade route activity, and market functioning maps).

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Description

FEWS NET maintains a database of current and historical sub-national administrative boundaries for FEWS NET-monitored countries. These files are available for download in a geographic information system (GIS) shapefile format. 

The boundary files come from a variety of public sources, including the Food and Agriculture Organization's Global Administrative Unit Layers (FAO-GAUL), Database of Global Administrative Areas (GADM), the Humanitarian Data Exchange, and data files received from local and regional partners. Regardless of source, FEWS NET cleans all admin-boundary files to match a standard international boundary and to address any gap and overlap topology issues. 

Each admin unit is assigned a unique alpha-numeric ID for FEWS NET reference, called an “FNID”. All data files include standardized English names and aliases. Standard French, Spanish, and Portuguese names are included in the files when one of these languages is an official language of the related country. FEWS NET uses standard names from the GEOnet Names Server database in shapefiles for countries and admin levels where names are available. In most cases, these spellings are also reviewed by national staff and adjusted based on local knowledge and standards. 

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Etiopía Ethiopia FEWS NET FSC Units (From 2023) Oct 2023

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Etiopía Ethiopia FEWS NET Admin Boundaries (From 2023) Oct 2023

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Etiopía Ethiopia FEWS NET FSC Units (2021 - 2023) Jun 2021 - Sep 2023

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Etiopía Ethiopia FEWS NET Admin Boundaries (2021 - 2023) Jun 2021 - Sep 2023

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República Democrática del Congo Congo, The Democratic Republic of the FEWS NET FSC Units (From 2023) Jun 2023

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República Democrática del Congo Congo, The Democratic Republic of the FEWS NET FSC Units (2020 - 2023) Enero 2020 - Mayo 2023

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Kenia Kenya Admin 2 (2013) Enero 2013 - Dic 2022

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Kenia Kenya Admin 1 (2013) Enero 2013 - Dic 2022

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Malaui Malawi FEWS NET FSC Units (From 2022) Jun 2022

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Malaui Malawi FEWS NET FSC Units (2016 - 2022) Enero 2016 - Mayo 2022

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* The "Download all Administrative Boundaries Data" button at the top of this page includes current sub-national boundaries

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