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FAO - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

FAO, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United NationsFAO is the largest specialised agency in the UN system and lead agency for agriculture and rural development. It has a mandate to fight hunger and rural poverty, through operational assistance to its member nations and through the development of international statistics, codes, norms and conventions.

Acccordingly, FAO publications aim at developing and improving the efficiency of food production and distribution worldwide, and deal with a wide range of technical and normative aspects. FAO publishes monographs, technical publications, reports and periodicals dealing with agriculture, economics and statistics, fisheries, forestry, environment, nutrition, legislation and all general aspects of the world food situation, in print, on CD-ROM or online.

Key Publications...

The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2013

Malnutrition in all its forms - undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity - imposes unacceptably high economic and social costs on countries at all income levels. Improving nutrition and reducing these costs requires a multisectoral approach that begins with ...more

FAO Statistical Yearbook 2013

FAO Statistical Yearbook is the foremost collection and reference point for statistical data on food and agriculture globally. ...more

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012

This edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture highlights the vital role of fisheries and aquaculture in both food and nutrition security as well as economic expansion. ...more

FAO Yearbook of Forest Products 2010: FAO statistics series 45

The FAO Yearbook of Forest Products is a compilation of statistical data on basic forest products for all countries and territories of the world. It contains series of annual data on the volume of production and the volume and value of trade in forest products. ...more

Looking Ahead in World Food and Agriculture: Perspectives to 2050

In 2009 FAO organised a Forum and a High-level Expert Meeting on 'How to feed the World in 2050'. This book provides vital statistics and includes valuable papers coming out of the meeting. ...more

Wildlife in a Changing Climate: FAO forestry paper 167

FAO's new report, Wildlife in a Changing Climate, foresees that the rate of loss of wild animal species will be accelerated by climate change unless urgent measures are taken. ...more