Use of Remote Sensing to Estimate Paddy Area and Production: A Handbook

Publication | April 2019

This handbook explains how to use remote sensing technology to estimate rice crop area and production to support food security policymaking in Asia and the Pacific.

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A substantial portion of the world’s rice is produced and consumed in Asia and the Pacific. As much of the region’s population depends on rice farming, timely and good quality agricultural estimates and forecasts are essential for effective policy formulation. Recent advances in remote sensing offer a viable alternative to traditional methods of compiling agricultural statistics.

This publication outlines methods and tools developed for generating statistics on paddy area and production using remote sensing and GIS techniques. It aims to help national statistical agencies pilot and adopt satellite-based techniques. The handbook complements a massive open online course on crop area estimation developed by ADB.


  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Basic Remote Sensing Concepts
  • Chapter 3: Installing and Using the INAHOR-AD Software
  • Chapter 4: Gathering Field Data and Conducting Accuracy Assessments
  • Chapter 5: Crop Cutting Experiments and Farmer Recall Surveys for Paddy Yield Estimation
  • Chapter 6: Assessing Accuracy, Revising INAHOR Outputs, and Estimating Paddy Production
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Agricultural and food productivity
  • Access to rural finance, technology, and markets
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • 262
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TIM190098-3
  • 978-92-9261-590-1 (print)
  • 978-92-9261-591-8 (electronic)

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