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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.

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State of the World's Forests 2012

This tenth edition of the State of the World's Forests explores the role of forests in human history, finding strong links between forest use and economic and social development and between unabated forest destruction and economic decline. ...more

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Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security

This edition serves as a reference and provides guidance to improve the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests with the overarching goal of achieving food security for all and to support the progressive realisation of the right ...more

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Animal Genetic Resources

More than 400 papers were published in 50 volumes of Animal Genetic Resources over a period of nearly 30 years. The journal began in 1983 as Animal Genetic Resources Information and was renamed Animal Genetic Resources in 2010....more

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Second Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

'The Second Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (SoWPGR-2) has received widespread international press coverage as it provides a comprehensive overview of recent trends ...more

  • Published: 01 Oct 2010
  • ISBN: 9789251065341
  • £67.50 (£68.85 inc. VAT)
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State of Food and Agriculture - 2009: Livestock in the Balance

This essential report contains an overview of the current global agricultural situation, including data on agricultural production, food consumption and agricultural trade....more

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State of the World's Forests 2009: Society, Forests and Forestry: Adapting for the Future

State of the World's Forests, published biennially, provides a global view of major developments affecting forests. The theme for the 2009 edition is 'Society, forests and forestry: adapting for the future'. The 2007 issue reviewed 'Progress towards sustainable forest management' with an emphasis on ...more

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Pearl Oyster Health Management: A Manual: FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 503

The pearl oyster industry is a growing multi-billion dollar sector of molluscan aquaculture. The end product of pearl farming, the pearl, is unique to this sector. Pearl production is entirely based upon health. ...more

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Codex Alimentarius Commission - Procedural Manual: Seventeenth Edition

The Procedural Manual of the Codex Alimentarius Commission is intended to help Member Governments participate effectively in the work of the joint FAO / WHO Food Standards Programme. The manual is particularly useful for national delegations attending Codex meetings ...more

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