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70 Years of FAO (1945-2015)
This publication marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of FAO as a United Nations Agency for Food and Agriculture. This book tells the story of these seven decades of the history of FAO, its protagonists and their endeavours. This is the history in seven decades of an organization born with one goal: to free humanity of hunger.
State of Food and Agriculture

This edition of The State of Food and Agriculture 2015 makes the case that social protection measures will help break the cycle of rural poverty and vulnerability, when combined with broader agricultural and rural development measures.

CAPFITOGEN - Programme to Strengthen National Plant Genetic Resource Capacities in Latin America
This program is focused on the development of appropriate technologies for countries which are extremely agrobiodiverse but have limited economic resources. Its function is to develop and transfer technology and provide the appropriate training for technical personnel from those Latin American countries signatories to the Treaty.
Cephalopods of the World: An Annotated and Illustrated Catalogue of Cephalopod Species Known to Date Volume 3, Octopods and Vampire Squids
This is the third volume of the entirely rewritten, revised and updated version of the original FAO Catalogue of Cephalopods of the World (1984). The present volume is a multiauthored compilation that reviews 13 families, i.e. (in alphabetical order), Alloposidae, Amphitretidae, Argonautidae, Bolitaenidae, Cirroctopodidae, Cirroteuthidae, Octopodidae, Ocythoidae, Opisthoteuthidae, Stauroteuthidae, Tremoctopodidae, Vampyroteuthidae, Vitreledonellidae, with 56 genera and the 279 species known and named to the date of the completion of the volume.
State of Food Insecurity in the World
This year´s annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report takes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationally established Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) and World Food Summit hunger targets and reflects on what needs to be done, as we transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The report reviews progress made since 1990 for every country and region as well as for the world as a whole.
Sharks, Batoids and Chimaeras of the North Atlantic

This volume is a comprehensive, fully illustrated catalogue of the sharks, batoid fishes, and chimaeras of the North Atlantic, encompassing FAO Fishing Areas 21 and 27. The present volume includes 11 orders, 32 families, 66 genera, and 148 species of cartilaginous fishes occurring in the North Atlantic.

Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (The)

The Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Second GPA) is a strategic framework for the conservation and sustainable use of the plant genetic diversity on which food and agriculture depends. It was prepared under the aegis of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and adopted by FAO Council at its 143rd Session in November 2011.

Pacific Islands Regional Consultation on the Development of Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
This final report presents the strategic development process for the guidelines, which consisted of an extensive consultation process with governments, regional organizations, civil-society organizations (CSOs) and small-scale fishers, fish workers and their communities. The consultation brought together 38 participants representing governments, the fishing industry and CSOs from 17 countries and territories in the Pacific Islands region to share experiences with SSF policies and practices, and to provide advice for improvement of the guidelines.
Mainstreaming Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture A Stock-Taking and Planning Exercise

This document is the final report of the stock-taking and planning exercise and contains two outputs arising from the following activities: (1) Consultancy work on a stock-taking and planning exercise on gender mainstreaming in fisheries and aquaculture; and (2) Stock-taking and planning exercise on gender mainstreaming in fisheries and aquaculture. It covers recent developments in gender and aquaculture, and possible solutions to improve women’s participation in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Report of the Regional Workshop on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMES) in the Indian Ocean Flic en Flac, Mauritius, 25-27 July 2012
The workshop was organized as part of the FAO Deep-sea Fisheries Programme to promote the use of the International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-Sea Fisheries on the High Seas (2008), which provide guidance to States and regional fisheries management organizations or arrangements (RFMO/As) to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of marine living resources in the deep seas, including by preventing significant adverse impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs).
Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources
This Global Plan of Action identifies 27 strategic priorities grouped into 4 areas: 1) improving the availability of, and access to, information on FGR; 2) conservation of FGR (in situ and ex situ); 3) sustainable use, development and management of FGR; 4) policies, institutions and capacity-building. Implementation of the Global Plan of Action will strengthen the sustainability of the management of FGR while contributing towards the Millennium Development Goals, the post-2015 agenda and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Small-scale Aquaponic Food Production
This technical paper begins by introducing the concept of aquaponics, including a brief history of its development and its place within the larger category of soil-less culture and modern agriculture. It discusses the main theoretical concepts of aquaponics, including the nitrogen cycle and the nitrification process, the role of bacteria, and the concept of balancing an aquaponic unit. It then moves on to cover important considerations of water quality parameters, water testing, and water sourcing for aquaponics, as well as methods and theories of unit design. The publication also includes nine appendixes that present other key topics.
Statistical Analysis of Select Food and Agricultural Indicators for the Near East

The data presented in this yearbook are based on important agricultural indicators of the region’s member countries and its sub-regions. The indicators focus on the demographic, economic, agricultural production and agricultural resource sectors of the region and the individual countries. Specifically, the yearbook focuses on: total population, total labor, agricultural population and agricultural labor, national income and the contribution of agriculture to the national income, agricultural trade balance, land size and holdings under permanent crops, production of major crops, food self sufficiency ratio and dietary energy supply among others.

Save and Grow: Maize, Rice and Wheat
FAO's bestselling 2011 publication, Save and Grow, proposed a new paradigm of agriculture, one that is both highly productive and environmentally sustainable. This new publication looks at the application of Save and Grow farming systems, practices and technologies to the world's main food security crops--maize, rice and wheat. It shows how eco-friendly farming innovations can help farmers meet future demand for those cereals while building resilience to climate change, conserving natural resources, reducing negative impacts on the environment and enhancing natural capital and the flow of ecosystem services. The publication will assist policymakers guiding the transition to sustainable agriculture.
Report of the FAO/MARD Technical Workshop on Early Mortality Syndrome or Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Syndrome of Cultured Shrimp Hanoi, Viet Nam, on 25 – 27 June 2013
The Workshop recognized that complacency in the shrimp aquaculture sector resulting in that laxity, during a period of relatively trouble-free shrimp production, led to vulnerability of the sector to any newly emerging pathogen that might arise unexpectedly, as is the case of EMS/AHPNS. Poor management practices, weak compliance with standard, good biosecurity and good aquaculture practices both at farm and hatchery facilities were evident. It is now clear that shrimp aquaculture needs to improve and continue to develop into a sector that implements responsible and science-based farming practices.
Report of the First Meeting of the CFMC/OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM Working Group on Queen Conch Panama City, Panama, 23-25 October 2012
The first meeting of the CFMC/OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM Working Group on Queen Conch was held in Panama City, Panama from 23 to 25 October 2012. The Meeting issued a “Declaration of Panama City” with highly valuable advice to the 16th Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna (CITES) as well as recommendations to the regional fishery bodies and countries in the Western Central Atlantic.
Mediterranean Coastal Lagoons Sustainable Management and Interactions among Aquaculture, Capture Fisheries and the Environment
Recently, coastal lagoons have become a relevant environmental concern: land claiming, pollution and the lack of management, among other factors, have strongly modified both the structure and functioning of these sensitive coastal ecosystems. In particular, the management of traditional aquaculture and capture fisheries activities has been identified as the main instrument to maintain lagoons' ecological features and to prevent the degradation of their sensitive habitats, both from an environmental and socioeconomic point of view.
Report of the Stakeholder Workshop on the GEF Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Project in Bangladesh 29–30 August 2012, Dhaka
This report documents the outcomes of the FAO workshop on “GEF Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Project in Bangladesh”, 29–30 August 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This document comprises the key aspects of presentations made by different professionals, including the outcomes of the working group and question-and-answer sessions. Three appendixes comprise the workshop schedule, list of workshop participants and the participants’ expectations from the workshop, while a fourth provides extended summaries of the presentations.

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