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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Risk-based Disease Surveillance - A Manual for Veterinarians on the design and analysis of surveillance for demonstration of freedom from disease
Increasing global population and improvements in the standard of living mean that there is a rapidly increasing demand for animal protein with intensified animal production. The international movement of animals and animal products has been made cheaper and faster through improved transport infrastructure. Increasing human and livestock population has placed pressure on wildlife habitats, resulting in closer contact between wildlife, domestic animal populations and humans with spreading and re-emergence of diseases as consequences of these risk factors. Managing these disease threats poses enormous challenges and requires good quality information.
Communication for Rural Development - Guidelines for planning and project formulation
Communication for Development (ComDev) is a participatory approach that integrates community media, low-cost ICTs, mobile phones and other communication tools to facilitate access to information, knowledge sharing and social dialogue. Well- planned and managed ComDev activities are crucial to ensure stakeholder engagement, and should be considered in project design, in order to enhance impact and ownership of rural development initiatives. The Communication for Rural Development Guidelines for Planning and Project Formulation provide development planners with practical orientation on how to plan and monitor ComDev activities as part of the project cycle, so that overall effectiveness and sustainability may be improved.
Coping with Climate Change - The Role of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Climate change poses new challenges to the management of the world’s genetic resources for food and agriculture, but it also underlines their importance. At the request of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO prepared thematic studies on the interactions between climate change and plant, animal, forest, aquatic, invertebrate and micro-organism genetic resources. This publication summarizes the results of these studies.
Report of the Thirty-Sixth Session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean Marakech, Morocco, 14-19 May 2012
The thirty-sixth session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), including the third session of the Committee on Administration and Finance (CAF) and the sixth session of the Compliance Committee (CoC), was attended by representatives from 19 Contracting Parties, two non-GFCM Member countries and 18 observers. It coincided with the sixtieth anniversary of the entry into force of the GFCM constitutive agreement.
Regulatory Frameworks for Control of HPAI and other TADs
The Handbook explains the critical role of regulatory frameworks (policy and institutional) on animal health and the need for close cooperation within countries between people who have technical veterinary expertise and those who have legal and regulatory expertise. It further defines the structure and elements of veterinary policy and legislation, the international frame of reference, the interface between veterinary policy, institutions and legislation, and the potential impacts of the national legal tradition on the way that laws are drafted specifically on animal health matters.
Pulp and Paper Capacities - Survey
The annual FAO survey of world pulp and paper capacities is based on figures received from correspondents in many countries. A computer questionnaire was used in the enquiry, and the data were stored and processed by computer. The following are some features of the presentation: country tables for pulp and paper are presented on one page; grade tables show volume of production capacity by country, for each product and product aggregate code; and production tables by country.
Report of the Eighth Session of the Committee on Aquaculture Paris, France, 13-15 March 2013
The eighth session of the Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ) of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) was held in Paris, France, from 13 to 15 March 2013. The session was attended by 17 Members of the Commission as well as observers from other international organizations. The agenda also included the fourteenth session of the Information System for the Promotion of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean (SIPAM), which was organized concomitantly. During this session, the Committee reviewed the intersessional activities and outcomes of its subsidiary bodies.
Youth Guide to the Ocean
This fact-filled Guide explores the ocean from the coastal zones to the frozen poles, the deep sea to the open ocean. It takes a close look at the physical features and natural processes that shape the incredible plant and animal life to be found underwater as well as life-forms exposed by the tides. It also demonstrates the many benefits the ocean provides us, discusses the negatives impacts we unfortunately have on the ocean and explains how good management can help protect and conserve the ocean and ocean life. At the end of the Guide, inspiring examples of youth-led initiatives are provided, and an easy-to-follow action plan aims to help YOU develop your own ocean conservation activities and projects.
World Fertilizer Trends and Outlook to 2018
World demand for total fertilizer nutrients is estimated to grow at 1.8 percent per annum from 2014 to 2018. The demand for nitrogen, phosphate, and potash is forecast to grow annually by 1.4, 2.2, and 2.6 percent, respectively, during the period. The global potential nitrogen balance (i.e. the difference between N potentially available for fertilizers and N fertilizer demand) as a percentage of N fertilizer demand is expected to steadily rise and reach 9.5 percent in 2018, that of phosphorous from 6.4 percent of total demand to 8.5 percent and that of potassium from 25 percent of total demand to 33 percent.
Understanding the Drought Impact of El Niño on the Global Agricultural Areas: An assessment using FAO's Agricultural Stress Index (ASI)
During El Niño episodes the normal patterns of tropical precipitation and atmospheric circulation become disrupted triggering extreme climate events around the globe: droughts, floods and affecting the intensity and frequency of hurricanes. Disasters create poverty traps that increase the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition. Agriculture is one of the main sectors of the economy that could be severely affected by El Niño event. FAO monitors the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon, among other weather related hazards, with a special focus on the potential impacts on the agricultural sector.
Report of the FAO Technical Workshop on a Spatial Planning Development Programme for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture Cairo, the Arab Republic of Egypt, 25-27 November 2012
The Regional Technical Workshop on a Spatial Planning Development Programme for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture, held in Cairo, the Arab Republic of Egypt, from 25 to 27 November 2012, was attended by 12 delegates from 6 member countries of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) and FAO. The workshop achieved four objectives.
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.
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.
Yearbook of Forest Products
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. It includes tables showing direction of trade and average unit values of trade for certain products. Statistical information in the yearbook is based primarily on data provided to the FAO Forestry Department by the countries through questionnaires or official publications. In the absence of official data, FAO makes an estimate based on the best information available.
Compendium of food additive specifications. Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives 79th meeting 2014
This volume of FAO JECFA Monographs contains specifications of identity and purity prepared at the 79th meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), held in Geneva on 17 - 26 June 2014. The specifications monographs are one of the outputs of JECFA’s risk assessment of food additives, and should be read in conjunction with the safety evaluation, reference to which is made in the section at the head of each specifications monograph.
Science to support climate-smart agricultural development Concepts and results from the MICCA pilot in East Africa
This document reports on the concepts driving the scientific activities of FAO’s Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Programme’s (MICCA) pilot projects in East Africa. It provides results from the research, briefly describes the analytical approaches used and concludes with key messages relevant to discussions on climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The MICCA pilot projects aim to help mainstream CSA in the region by identifying, verifying and scaling up farm management practices that can both increase productivity and set smallholder farmers on a pathway toward emitting fewer greenhouse gases (GHGs) per unit of produce, where possible.
Pollinator Safety in Agriculture
A key element of any organism's pesticide risk is its natural history, and the routes by which it may be exposed to pesticides in foraging and nesting activities. In this respect, a series of presentations on the natural history of wild bee groups and pesticide exposure were solicited for a session on "Exploring pesticide effects on non-Apis bees" at the 10th International Symposium on Pollination, convened by the International Commission on Plant-Bee Relations. The presentations have been more fully developed for the present publication, as a contribution to knowledge management of pollination services in sustainable agriculture.
Adapting to climate change through land and water management in Eastern Africa Results of pilot projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania
The publication describes a series of pilot activities that successfully contributed to enhanced resilience of farming communities and offer substantial opportunities for up scaling. This experience shows that a boost in investment is needed to ensure a more sustainable and resilient management of an already declining resource base, and that adapting to climate change in the region will require renewed efforts in improving land and water management through supportive policies, capacity development and targeted investments.

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