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New titles in English
 

PLANT PRODUCTION AND PROTECTION
Section 1

Quality declared seed system

FAO Plant Production and Protection Paper No. 185
Rome, 2006, 258 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105510-6
ISSN 0259-2517
TC/M/A0503/E
$40.00


The quality declared seed system, as presented in the 1993 FAO Plant Production and Production Paper No. 117, has been widely used and consulted. It has proved to be particularly useful for those working in the field of emergency seed supply and as a source of practical information on seed standards for a range of crop species. The system provided an alternative for seed quality assurance, which was less demanding than full seed quality control systems. However, changing circumstances and needs in the seed sector have prompted a critical review of both the purpose and the content of this publication. This revised version, prepared by an expert consultation, offers a more explicit recognition of the role of national policies and the impact of some recent international obligations on seed provision and a clearer explanation on how quality declared seeds can accommodate local varieties. The list of crops now includes 92 species, of which 21 include open pollinated and hybrids and one includes also a synthetic variety. In making this update, FAO sought to improve seed supplies to farmers and thus to contribute to food security.

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FISHERIES
Section 4

Report of the FAO Expert Consultation on the Implementation of the FAO International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. Rome, 6-8 December 2005

FAO Fisheries Report No. 795
Rome, 2006, 32 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105516-5
ISSN 0429-9337
TC/M/A0523/E
$12.00


The FAO Expert Consultation on the Implementation of the FAO International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (IPOA-SHARKS) reviewed available information and national, institutional and personal experiences in relation to factors governing the success of this programme. The constraints to programme implementation were reviewed and suggestions were considered as to how the efficacy and effectiveness of the programme could be improved. The view of the Consultation was that the IPOA- SHARKS was a beneficial endeavour and that efforts to improve its effectiveness should be strengthened.

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Review of the state of world marine capture fisheries management: Indian Ocean

Edited by: Cassandra De Young
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No. 488
Rome, 2006, 466 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105499-1
ISSN 0429-9345
TC/M/A0477/E
$70.00


During the first half of the 1990s, in response to the increasing concern about many of the world's fisheries and following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), a number of international fisheries instruments provided an impetus for countries to strengthen their fisheries management. A key step in supporting such efforts is the development of more detailed, systematic and comparable information on fisheries environments and management trends. The State of World Marine Capture Fisheries Management Questionnaire was developed by FAO in 2004 to help meet this need. The results have been grouped by region and are reported in this publication. Today, we are able to look back to see how countries responded, to examine whether more fisheries are managed and to determine whether the management tools and strategies employed have improved the overall situation in marine capture fisheries. Trends in legal and administrative frameworks, management regimes and status of marine capture fisheries are analysed for 32 countries in the Indian Ocean and presented as an easy-to-read and informative reference for policy decision-makers, fishery managers and stakeholders.

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LAND AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
Section 5

World reference base for soil resources 2006. A framework for international classification, correlation and communication

World Soil Resouces Report No. 103
Rome, 2006, 142 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105511-4
ISSN 0532-0488
TC/M/A0510/E
$22.00


This publication is a revised and updated version of World Soil Resources Reports No. 84, a technical manual for soil scientists and correlators, designed to facilitate the exchange of information and experience related to soil resources, their use and management. The document provides a framework for international soil classification and an agreed common scientific language to enhance communication across disciplines using soil information. It contains definitions and diagnostic criteria to recognize soil horizons, properties and materials and gives rules and guidelines for classifying and subdividing soil reference groups.

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FOOD AND NUTRITION
Section 8

Probiotics in food. Health and nutritional properties and guidelines for evaluation

FAO Food and Nutrition Paper No. 85
Rome, 2006, 62 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105513-0
ISSN 0254-4725
TC/M/A0512/E
$22.00

This paper includes joint FAO and WHO work to evaluate the latest information and scientific evidence available on the functional and safety aspects of food probiotics, as well as the methodology to assess such aspects, by bringing together worldwide scientific experts in the field. It includes the reports of an expert consultation held in Cordoba, Argentina, in October 2001 and of a working group in London, Ontario, Canada, in May 2002. These reports provide scientific evidence in relation to the safety assessment of probiotics, general guidance for their evaluation and on specific questions in relation to their pathology, toxigenicity, allergenicity, as well as to their functional and nutritional properties. The guidelines for the evaluation on probiotics in food were developed as part of this joint effort, providing criteria and methodology to assess the efficacy and the safety of these products.

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GENERAL
Section 9

Role of biotechnology in exploring and protecting agricultural genetic resources, (The)

Edited by: John Ruane, Andrea Sonnino
Rome, 2006, 202 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105480-0
TC/M/A0399/E
$22.00

This publication provides an up-to-date overview of the current status of the world's genetic resources for food and agriculture; of the use of biotechnology tools for characterizing and conserving these genetic resources, and of the many specific issues involved in using them for these purposes in developing countries. It brings together papers from an international workshop held on 5-7 March 2005 in Turin, Italy, on the role of biotechnology for the characterization and conservation of crop, forest, animal and fishery genetic resources as well as the background and summary documents from an e-mail conference on the same subject that was held three months afterwards.

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MONTES
Sección 3

Tendencias y perspectivas del sector forestal en América Latina y el Caribe

Estudios FAO Montes Nº 148
Roma, 2004, 206 págs.
ISBN 92-5-305498-0
ISSN 1014-2886
TC/M/A0470/S
$70.00


Desde hace algunos años la FAO, en colaboración con países miembros, el sector privado y organizaciones internacionales, gubernamentales y no gubernamentales, realiza una serie de procesos de análisis y elaboración de perspectivas del sector forestal en diferentes países y regiones del mundo. La presente publicación es el resultado de un proceso que ha involucrado directamente 20 países y tres subregiones. El estudio realiza una estimación sobre la probable situación del sector forestal regional al 2020. Se ha elaborado una descripción y un análisis de las principales tendencias del sector forestal en los últimos años y se han determinado las posibles direcciones de su futuro desarrollo y los desafíos del mismo. Se han considerado las principales fuerzas impulsoras, como las políticas; las instituciones; los cambios demográficos, tecnológicos, económicos y medioambientales; y los mercados nacionales e internacionales.

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New titles in Arabic
 

FOOD AND NUTRITION
Section 8

Food import and export inspection and certification systems. Combined texts (Second Edition). Joint FAO/WHO Standards Programme. Codex Alimentarius Commission (Arabic version)

Rome, 2005, 94 pp.
ISBN 92-5-605321-7
ISSN 1020-7503
TC/M/Y6396/Ar
$12.00


Official and officially recognized inspection and certification systems are fundamentally important and very widely used means of food control systems. The confidence of consumers in the quality (including safety) of their food supply depends in part on their perception as to the effectiveness of these systems as food control measures. A substantial part of the worldwide trade in food, for example in meat and meat products, depends on the use of inspection and certification systems. Following the FAO/WHO Conference on Food Standards, Chemicals in Food and Food Trade in March 1991, the Codex Alimentarius Commission undertook the development of guidance documents for governments and other interested parties on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems. A series of texts developed over the period 1993 to 1999 was presented in the first edition of this booklet in 2000. This second edition includes additional texts adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission up to 2004.

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Organically produced foods. Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. Codex Alimentarius Commission. Second Edition (Arabic verion)

Rome, 2005, 94 pp.
ISBN 92-5-605475-2
ISSN 1020-7503
TC/M/A0669/Ar
$12.00


The Codex Alimentarius (Latin for "food law"or "food code") is a collection of internationally adopted food standards. Food labelling is the primary means of communication between the producer and seller of food on the one hand and the purchaser and consumer on the other. The "Guidelines for the production, processing, labelling and marketing of organically produced foods" are published in this compact format to allow their wide use and understanding by governments, regulatory authorities, food industries and retailers, and consumers.

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New titles in Chinese

FOOD AND NUTRITION
Section 8

Food import and export inspection and certification systems. Combined texts (Second Edition). Joint FAO/WHO Standards Programme. Codex Alimentarius Commission (Chinese version)

Rome, 2005, 72 pp.
ISBN 92-5-505321-2
ISSN 1020-8143
TC/M/Y6396/Ch
$12.00


Official and officially recognized inspection and certification systems are fundamentally important and very widely used means of food control systems. The confidence of consumers in the quality (including safety) of their food supply depends in part on their perception as to the effectiveness of these systems as food control measures. A substantial part of the worldwide trade in food, for example in meat and meat products, depends on the use of inspection and certification systems. Following the FAO/WHO Conference on Food Standards, Chemicals in Food and Food Trade in March 1991, the Codex Alimentarius Commission undertook the development of guidance documents for governments and other interested parties on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems. A series of texts developed over the period 1993 to 1999 was presented in the first edition of this booklet in 2000. This second edition includes additional texts adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission up to 2004.

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