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State of the World's Forests

This edition of FAO’s State of the World’s Forests report (SOFO 2014) addresses this knowledge gap by systematically gathering and analyzing available data on forests’ contributions to people’s livelihoods, food, health, shelter and energy needs. Crucially, the report also suggests how information might be improved and policies adjusted, so that the socioeconomic benefits from forests can be enhanced in the future.

Manual on Good Practices for the Feed Industry

This manual provides updated comprehensive information and practical guidelines to assist producers and all stakeholders along the production and distribution chain to comply with the regulatory framework, which have or will come into force in response to the Codex Alimentarius Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding. The application of this Code is an important step for the expansion of international trade in feed products as well as in products of animal origin. Both food exporting and importing countries can benefit from a more level playing field to support the trade of safe food products. This publication is intended to guide managers of feed mills and the feed industry as a whole.

FAO's BEFS approach - Implementation Guide

The objective of this document is to assist stakeholders, primarily policymakers, who wish to develop bioenergy options that safeguard food security. The guidance in this document is based on FAO’s Bioenergy and Food Security Approach (BEFS ).

General Fisheries Commission for The Mediterranean Report of The Fifteenth Session of The Scientific Advisory Committee, Rome 8-11 April
This is the final report approved by the participants in the fifteenth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean held at FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy, from 8 to 11 April 2013.
Fish Marketing and Consumption Survey in the Kyrgyz Republic
This document has been prepared by the FAO Project “Support to Fishery and Aquaculture Management in the Kyrgyz Republic” (GCP/KYR/003/FIN). It is based on the data and information collected from a countrywide survey on fish marketing and fish consumption in the Kyrgyz Republic carried out by the project to contribute towards Project Output 1.1: “People have daily access to safe and high quality fish and learn the health benefits through larger fish consumption”, under Outcome 1: “Improved fish processing and marketing in the Kyrgyz Republic”. Under this outcome, the project also launched a fish consumption promotion campaign and created small-scale primary fish processing units. This report presents the key outcomes of the above survey.
Feed Analysis Laboratory: Establishment and Quality Control Setting Up a Feed Analysis Laboratory, and Implementing a Quality Assurance System Compliant With ISO/IEC 17025:2005

Animal feed quality is crucial in the livestock sector. This document presents the sequence of activities for establishing a Feed Quality Analysis Laboratory – from initial planning, building and layout; through hiring suitable staff and selecting methods and equipment; and culminating in accreditation, based on an estimated four-year time frame.

The Quality Management System is stressed, and the document highlights validation of methods, personnel and training; systematic equipment maintenance and calibration; proficiency testing; quality control procedures; reporting; and auditing.

Fish Identification Tools for Biodiversity and Fisheries Assessments Review and Guidance for Decision-Makers
This review provides an appraisal of existing, state-of-the-art fish identification (ID) tools (including some in the initial stages of their development) and shows their potential for providing the right solution in different real-life situations.
World Livestock 2013: Changing Disease Landscapes
This publication examines why and how pathogens of animal origin have become a major global public health threat, and what might be done to mitigate this threat. The increasing dynamics of disease at the human–animal–ecosystem interface are explored against the backdrop of changing biophysical and social landscapes. Based on a Pressure–State–Response analysis framework, disease events are described in their agro-ecological and socio-economic contexts.
Strengthening Forest Tenure Systems and Governance - Training Module for Facilitators
The module is meant to complement existing training modules produced by FAO and other organizations. It focuses on strengthening specific competences to help key stakeholders advance forest tenure reform in line with the guiding principles. The module also demonstrates the challenges involved in strengthening forest tenure, and introduces some tools for addressing them. The training revolves around the following milestones for strengthening forest tenure systems and governance.
Monitoring and Analysing Food And Agricutural Policies in Africa Synthesis Report 2013

The synthesis report by FAO’s Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) team, is the first ever attempt to systematically analyze agriculture and food security policies in several African countries, using common methodology over years.

The report found that the policy environment and performance of domestic markets depressed producer prices by an average of ten percent between 2005 and 2010, though price disincentives are declining.

Training Guide - Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development Edition: 2
p>The Training Guide provides a clear understanding of the concepts related to gender and climate-smart agriculture; describes participatory methods for conducting gender-sensitive research on the impacts of climate change; and offers guidance on different ways of reporting research findings so that they can be properly analyzed. Using the guide will ensure that critical information on gender and climate change is collected, allowing researchers and development workers to formulate appropriate gender-sensitive policies and programs for rural development.

Policy Support Guidelines for the Promotion of Sustainable Production Intensification and Ecosystems Services

For “sustainable intensification” strategy as being implemented through Conservation Agriculture to spread faster, it needs not only the accurate application of the concept and principles, but also supportive policies that can facilitate adoption of Conservation Agriculture and reward the adopters for example with payments for environmental services.

The present publication provides guidance on such supportive policies, as well as on protocols which would be needed to support schemes of payments for environmental services. It is based on actual field experiences of FAO and GIZ in the promotion of Conservation Agriculture in different world regions and is directed specifically to decision makers in governments for designing and implementing agricultural policies and regulations for sustainable development.

Food and Agriculture Policy Decisions
This report is based on extensive research, including document reviews and country level surveys, on policy decisions made by governments during the period 2007 to 2012. A broad range of food security and agricultural development policy decisions implemented in 71 developing countries of Africa (27), Asia (24) and Latin America and the Caribbean, LAC, (20) was reviewed. The countries covered represent 81, 90 and 98 percent of the total population in Africa, Asia and LAC, respectively. The review has focused on policy trends, common practices and emerging issues. Policies are increasingly designed to influence domestic food availability and access.
Fisheries and Aquaculture Emergency Response Guidance Review Recommendations for Best Practice, 5-6 March 2012, Rome

The fisheries and aquaculture emergency response guidance (the Guidance) will compile the best practice in disaster response and recovery for fisheries and aquaculture and in turn help to ensure that disaster response and recovery for fisheries and aquaculture is consistent with the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. The Guidance will support both the saving of lives and the saving of livelihoods through two key strategies: by assisting in the identification of the most appropriate fisheries and aquaculture interventions in emergencies; and by setting out the best practice and providing guidance notes for these interventions.

Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, prepared under the guidance of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, lay down the procedures that need to be followed for conserving plant genetic resources. Meeting at its 14th Regular Session in Rome, the Commission endorsed the Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. These voluntary standards set the benchmark for current scientific and technical best practices, and support the key international policy instruments for the conservation and use of plant genetic resources.

Deep Sea Cartilaginous Fishes of the Indian Ocean
This volume is a comprehensive, fully illustrated Catalogue of the Deep–sea Sharks of the Indian Ocean, encompassing FAO Fishing Areas 51 and 57, and that portion of Area 47 off South Africa from about 18°42’E to 30°00’E. The present volume includes 8 orders, 23 families, 46 genera, and 117 species of shark–like fishes occurring in the Indian Ocean deep–sea. It provides accounts for all orders, families, and genera and all keys to taxa are fully illustrated. A species representative account of each genus is also provided and includes: valid modern names and original citation of the species; synonyms; the English, French, and Spanish FAO names for the species; a lateral view and often other useful illustrations; field marks; diagnostic features; distribution, including a GIS map; habitat; biology; size; interest to fisheries and human impact; local names when available; a remarks sections; and literature. The volume is fully indexed and also includes sections on terminology and measurements for sharks including an extensive glossary, and a dedicated bibliography.
Guidance on Addressing Child Labour In Fisheries and Aquaculture

The present document is a response to one of the recommendations of a Workshop on Child Labour in Fisheries and Aquaculture held in Rome in 2010, which requested FAO and ILO to develop guiding principles for policy makers, organizations of fishers, fish farmers, fish workers and employers, and other sectoral institutions, development practitioners, and the general public to address child labor in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Rights-based Management in Latin American Fisheries

This document aims to provide a better understanding of the wide range of rights-based fisheries management systems in Latin-America. Rights-based management in the Latin American region is evolving, thus creating a wide diversity of schemes responding to local fisheries contexts, and institutional, resource and ecosystem dynamics and governance capacities.

Forests Challenge Badge
Forests offer an amazing assortment of benefits for humans and animals. For humans, forests are a source of livelihood, food, medicinal herbs; forests give us wood that can be used for shelter, furniture and fuel; and they are places of recreation. They also play a huge role in maintaining the planet’s environmental health. This booklet is intended as a guide for teachers and youth leaders. Read on to find out about activities that can help you to better understand the many roles of forests.
Ocean Challenge Badge
This book is packed with activities to help you learn about how the ocean works, the creatures that live in it, and just how important it is in our everyday lives. You will also discover how YOU can play a role in protecting our ocean for future generations. We hope you will be inspired to take the challenge and celebrate our ocean.
Ending Hunger Challenge Badge
Can you imagine not having anything to eat for a day? Or not knowing when you might next be able to eat? This is a daily problem for almost 1 billion people around the world. That means that one out of every eight people do not get enough food and nutrition to live normal, healthy lives. However, there are many things that we can do to help end hunger! You might think that hunger is too big of a problem for you to solve alone, but together we are greater than hunger. Little actions add up, and we can make a real difference in the lives of people around the world. The Ending Hunger Challenge Badge will introduce you to the causes of hunger, the importance of the Right to Food, and steps that we can take to help end hunger.
Tackling Climate Change Through Livestock - A Global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities
Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies. This report represents the most comprehensive estimate made to-date of livestock’s contribution to global warming – as well as the sector’s potential to help tackle the problem. This publication is aimed at professionals in food and agriculture as well as policy makers.
Guidance on weed issues and assessment of noxious weeds in a context of harmonized legislation for production of certified seed
This manual is a technical support to regional harmonization of seed regulations and provides information to crop protectionists, seed specialists and policy makers on noxious weeds not acceptable in certified seed lots. Noxious weeds in production of certified seeds should be anticipated and avoided in a context where globalization of trade has favored spread of many invasive alien plants, displacing native species and taking land out of production in many countries.
State of Mediterranean Forests 2013
Forest ecosystems and other wooded lands are an important component of landscapes in the Mediterranean region, contributing significantly to rural development, poverty alleviation and food security. They are sources of wood, cork, energy, food and incomes, and they provide important ecosystem services such as biodiversity conservation, soil and water protection, recreation and carbon storage. They are crucial for many of the region's economic sectors, such as food supply, agriculture, soil and water conservation, drinking water supply, tourism and energy. Global changes (changes in societies, lifestyles and climate) strongly affect the Mediterranean region. If unmanaged, such changes could lead to the loss of biodiversity, an increased risk of wildfire, the degradation of watersheds, and desertification, with serious consequences for the sustainable provision of forest goods and ecosystem services.
Mountain Farming is Family Farming A contribution from mountain areas to the International Year of Family Farming 2014
This publication, featuring 25 case studies from across the mountain landscapes, gives an overview of the global changes affecting mountain farming and the strategies that mountain communities have developed to cope. Each study also presents a set of lessons and recommendations, meant to inform and benefit mountain communities, policy-makers, development experts and academics who work to support mountain farmers and to protect mountains.
Bioslurry=Brown Gold? A review of scientific literature on the co-product of biogas production
This review attempts to synthesize the findings of the growing peer-reviewed literature on bioslurry to provide a sound and scientific basis for bioslurry use. At the same time, it sets out to identify the various research gaps related to bioslurry.
Policymakers' guide to crop diversification: The case of the potato in Kenya
A concerted effort is needed to fully realize the potato's potential to help improve livelihoods, reduce poverty and enhance food security in Kenya. Full implementation of the policy guidelines presented in this document can stimulate accelerated growth in potato production and use, and make an important contribution to helping producers and consumers reap the benefits of doing so. While aimed primarily at policymakers in Kenya, the guide is also of use to decision-makers at institutional and policy levels in other countries of Eastern and Central Africa. It will help the realization of the potato's full potential as a high-value crop in response to emerging opportunities, such as changes in consumption pattern and the resulting need for value addition due to rapid urbanization, and to potential threats, including climate change and food price surges causing upheaval in international food markets.
2000 World Census of Agriculture - Methodological Review (1996-2005)
This publication is a methodological review of the agricultural censuses conducted within the framework of the Programme for World Census of Agriculture 2000. It covers methodological aspects like enumeration methods and techniques, census frames, geographical and holding type coverage, census scope, date processing and tabulation, data quality and dissemination, integration of agricultural censuses with other censuses and surveys.
Milk and dairy products in human nutrition
Milk and dairy products are a vital source of nutrition for many people. They also present livelihood opportunities for farm families, processors and other stakeholders in dairy value chains. Consumers, industry and governments need up-to-date information on how milk and dairy products can contribute to human nutrition and how dairy-industry development can best contribute to increasing food security and alleviating poverty. This publication is unique in drawing together information on nutrition, and dairy-industry development, providing a rich source of useful material on the role of dairy products in human nutrition and the way that investment in dairy-industry development has changed.
Biotechnologies at work for smallholders: case studies from developing countries in crops, livestock and fish
This book documents a unique series of 19 case studies where agricultural biotechnologies were used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries. They cover different regions, production systems, species and underlying socio-economic conditions in the crop (seven case studies), livestock (seven) and aquaculture/fisheries (five) sectors. Most of the case studies involve a single crop, livestock or fish species and a single biotechnology. Prepared by scientists and researchers who were directly involved in the initiatives, the authors were able to provide an insider's guide to the background, achievements, obstacles, challenges and lessons learned from each case study.
Feeding and feed management of Indian major carps in Andhra Pradesh, India
This study reviews the aquaculture of Indian major carps with special reference to current feeding and feed management practices in Andhra Pradesh, India. It also assesses management practices used under polyculture conditions with other species groups. It identifies constraints on Indian major carp production and characterizes research and development needs. A variety of factors are examined in the study, including water sources, manures and fertilizer use, sources of finance and insurance, regulation, farming experience, mash feed ingredients, quality monitoring, feed types, storage, research, farmers' perceptions, consumption and wastage, fish growth, and production costs and net income.
Expanding mariculture farther offshore Technical, environmental, spatial and governance challenges FAO Technical Workshop 22-25 March 2010 , Orbetello, Italy
This document contains the proceedings of the technical workshop entitled "Expanding mariculture farther offshore: technical, environmental, spatial and governance challenges". The objective of this workshop was to discuss the growing need to transfer land-based and coastal aquaculture production systems farther off the coast and provide recommendations for action to FAO, governments and the private sector. This publication is organized in two parts. The proceedings include the workshop report, and an accompanying CD-ROM containing four reviews covering technical, environmental, economic and marketing, policy and governance issues, and two case studies on highfin amberjack (Seriola rivoliana) offshore farming in Hawaii (the United States of America) and one on salmon farming in Chile.
Vulnerability of Fishing-dependent economies to disasters
This circular examines the vulnerability of fishing-dependent communities to natural disasters. The objective was to identify countries that are particularly vulnerable to disasters but also those that are less resilient. The circular concludes that the fishery sectors of African and Southeast Asian countries are most vulnerable to disasters, according to both frequency and mortality exposure indicators, fishery-dependence, and capacity to adapt. Recommendations are made with respect to strengthening understanding of vulnerability measurement.
National Forest Monitoring Systems: Monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (M&MRV) in the context of REDD+ Activities
The purpose of this document is to describe the elements in National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMSs) as they relate to REDD+ under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and to describe the UN-REDD program approach to Monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (M & MRV) requirements. This paper is presented in a series of sections discussing the various elements of relevant texts of the UNFCCC and the methodological recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This approach aims to allow the end-user to consider the implications of, and steps involved in, the implementation of REDD+ activities in distinct national contexts.

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