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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.

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.
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.
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.

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 Workshop on Bycatch Management and Low Impact Fishing
The workshop was convened to to develop a road map on how bycatch can be more effectively managed and how to reduce impacts of fishing on the environment. The meeting reviewed the current knowledge on bycatch in the RECOFI / GCC region and considered priority follow-up action. The Workshop adopted a draft concept document in the form of a Regional Action Plan for managing the environmental impacts of fishing in the RECOFI region.
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.
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.
Fruit and Vegetables for Health Report of a Joint FAO/WHO Workshop
WHO and FAO held their first joint workshop – Fruit and Vegetables for Health – at the WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan, on 1-3 September 2004. The overall goal of the workshop was to develop a draft framework to guide the development of cost-efficient and effective interventions to promote adequate consumption of fruit and vegetables in Member States.
Developing Sustainable Food Value Chains Guiding Principles
Aimed at policy-makers, project designers and field practitioners, this publication provides the conceptual foundation for a new set of FAO handbooks on sustainable food value chain development. It defines the concept of a sustainable food value chain, presents a development paradigm that integrates the concepts of sustainability and value addition, highlights ten guiding principles, and discusses the potential and limitations of the approach. In doing so, this handbook makes a strong case for placing sustainable food value chain development at the heart of any strategy aimed at reducing poverty and hunger.
Impact of International Voluntary Standards on Smallholder Market Participation in Developing Countries
This publication presents the results of a literature review conducted by FAO in 2012 on the impact of voluntary standards on smallholders’ ability to participate in markets. The results are based on an analysis of 101 studies containing 123 cases.
FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean Report of the Thirty-Eighth Session, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy 19-24 May 2014
The thirty-eighth session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), including the fifth session of the Committee on Administration and Finance (CAF) and the eighth session of the Compliance Committee (CoC), was attended by representatives from 22 Members, 3 non-Members, 15 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
Crisis Management Centre Animal Health Activity Report October 2012 – September 2014
The CMC-AH unites FAO’s extensive technical and operational expertise with that of OIE, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international, national and local partners. With the support of its generous donors, the CMC-AH provides technical and operational assistance to help affected governments assess situations on the ground and develop immediate solutions to help prevent or stop disease spread. CMC-AH efforts also represent the first step toward broader assistance.
Report of the Sixth Meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture Muscat, Oman, 21–23 October 2014
The sixth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Muscat, Oman, from 21 to 23 October 2014 and was attended by representatives from seven member countries. The WGA reviewed the outcome and recommendations of the sixth and seventh sessions of the Commission.
Gap Analysis of National and Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Priorities and Initiatives in Southern and Eastern Africa in Respect to Climate Change
Fisheries and fishing‐dependent people are particularly vulnerable to disasters and climate change impacts. The objective of the study was to identify regional and national gaps and opportunities to reduce the vulnerability of the sector to impacts from climate change and increase the resilience of fisheries and aquaculture livelihoods to disasters. The identification of gaps and opportunities were made through a combination of a survey, website searches and reviews of documents – including policies, strategies or agreements – that contain fisheries/aquaculture and climate change adaptation (CCA)/disaster risk management (DRM) aspects. Identified national and regional priorities were compared to actions in place and thus gaps were identified.
Economic Analysis of Supply and Demand for Food up to 2030
This publication presents projections of future food supply up to 2030, building on existing analyses but also providing more economic perspectives on the future evolution of food production. It thus looks at the main drivers of future demand and supply, with a particular focus on fisheries and aquaculture production. The analysis is supplemented with a number of new scenarios on fish production in the period until 2022.
Managing Soils for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
This publication is a compilation of selected papers presented at the International Symposium. It is hoped that the information presented in these Proceedings provides valuable guidance to scientists and land managers in both the public and private sectors, as well as to government and institutional policy and decision-makers involved in addressing land management issues for climate smart agriculture and the conservation of natural resources for agricultural productivity and food security.
Global Food Losses and Food Waste
This publication is based on studies carried out from August 2010 to January 2011 by The Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology (SIK) on request from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The two studies on global food losses (one for high/medium-income countries and one for low income countries) have been carried out to serve as a basis for the international congress Save Food!, 16-17 May 2011, at the international packaging industry fair Interpack2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Aquaculture in Desert and Arid Lands Development Constraints and Opportunities: FAO Technical Workshop. 6-9 July 2010, Hermosillo, Mexico
This publication presents the evolution of desert and arid lands aquaculture in the past few decades in seven countries and regions (Australia, Egypt, Israel, Mexico, Southern Africa, the United States of America and Central Asia) describing the achievements of a number of farming operations, which demonstrate the significant potential for farming commercial aquatic organisms using geothermal, fresh and brackish waters.

Methodological Toolkit for Promoting Business Partnerships in Agrifood Chains
This methodological proposal is aimed at promoting and developing business partnerships. It provides tools to help include small producers in the production process and the market from the value chain perspective. It is precisely because of this perspective that this guide can be used by all members of the same agrifood chain – whether structured or semi-structured – or by actors interested in developing a new chain to meet specific demand.
Pesticide Residues in Food
Report of the Joint Meeting of the FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment and the WHO Core Assessment Group on Pesticide Residues. The Meeting evaluated 33 pesticides, including 8 new compounds and 3 compounds that were re-evaluated within the periodic review programme of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR), for toxicity or residues, or both. The Meeting allocated ADIs and ARfDs, estimated more than 300 maximum residue levels and recommended them for use by CCPR, and estimated STMR and highest residue (HR) levels as a basis for estimating dietary intake.
Uses of Geothermal Energy in Food and Agriculture Opportunities for developing countries
This book reviews the use of geothermal energy in agriculture and agro-industry around the world. With a simple format and copious illustrations and models, the book is accessible to a wide range of interested readers, including those with no technical background. It shows that geothermal resources have the potential to provide long-term, secure energy for the agriculture and food industry in both developed and developing countries. Constraints and challenges that should be addressed before this potential can be fully achieved are also discussed.

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