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Section 1


Cactus (Opuntia spp.) as forage

FAO Plant Production and Protection Paper No. 169
Rome, 2002, 160 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104705-7
ISSN 0259-2517

Opuntias are multipurpose plants that are increasingly being used in agricultural systems in arid and semi-arid areas and are considered a key component for the productivity and sustainability of these regions. This publication, initally printed in Santiago for field purposes, presents current scientific and practical information on the use of the cactus Opuntia as forage for livestock in various countries. Owing to its high water-use efficiency, it is particularly useful as forage in times of drought and in areas where few other crops can grow. It is estimated that worldwide 900 000 ha of Opuntia are cultivated for forage production.


Date palm cultivation (Revised version)

FAO Plant Production and Protection Paper No. 156 Rev. 1
Rome, 2002, 318 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104863-0
ISSN 0259-2517

This publication, which was produced within the framework of the Date Production Support Programme in Namibia, updates and complements technical information included in earlier FAO publications: Dates: handling, processing and packaging (1962) and Date production and protection (1982). It should serve as a reference volume for research workers and a source of much more detailed information for extension specialists, date growwers and anyone interested in the date palm industry. The 12 chapters of the book cover the botanical and systematic description, origin, geographical distribution and nutritional value, economic importance, climatic requirements, orchard management, harvesting, and diseases and pests of date palm.

Section 4


FAO Field Project Reports on Aquaculture - 1966-1995 (CD-ROM). Ver. 1

Rome, 2003

FAO Fisheries Circular No. 931, published in 1997, provided an indexed bibliography of FAO field projects reports on aquaculture that were published between 1966 and 1995. The bibliography listed 1712 references. In order to reach a wider audience, almost 800 of these aquaculture reports are now converted to digital format and presented on this CD-ROM. An updated version will be produced to include additional reports at a future date.


Fish stock assessment manual

FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No. 393
Rome, 2003, 182 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104505-4
ISSN 0429-9345

This manual starts with an introduction to the mathematical models applied in fish stock assessment. The basic assumptions about a model and the concepts of variation rates of a characteristic in relation to time are presented. The concept of cohort and models for the individual growth of the cohort are developed. In the chapter concerning the study of the stock, the fishing pattern and its components are defined, the most used models for the stock-recruitment relation are presented, as well as the short- and long-term projections of a stock. With regard to fisheries resources management, the discussion is focused on the biological reference points. Finally, the general methods of estimating parameters with special relevance to the cohort analysis by age and length are described. The exercises from the last course held in IPIMAR are presented by the author and the scientist Manuela Azevedo.


Living Marine Resource of the Western Central Atlantic, (The). Volume 3. Bony fishes part 2 (Opistognathidae to Molidae), sea turtles and marine mammals

FAO Species Identification Giude for Fishery Purposes
Rome, 2003, 758 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104827-4
ISSN 1020-6868

This three volume field guide covers the species of interest to fisheries of the major marine resource groups exploited in the Western Central Atlantic. The area of coverage includes FAO Fishing Area 31. The marine resource groups included are the bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods, stomatopods, shrimps, lobsters, crabs, hagfishes, sharks, batoid fishes, chimaeras, bony fishes, sea turtles and marine mammals. The introductory chapter outlines the environmental, ecological and biogeographical factors influencing the marine biota, and the basic components of the fisheries in the Western Central Atlantic. Within the field guide, the sections on the resource groups are arranged phylogenetically according to higher taxonomic levels such as class, order and family. Each resource group is introduced by general remarks on the group, an illustrated section on technical terms and measurements and a key or guide to orders or families. Each family generally has an account summarizing family diagnostic characters, biological and fisheries information, notes on similar families occurring in the area, a key to species, a checklist of species and a short list of relevant literature. Families that are less important to fisheries include an abbreviated family account and no detailed species information. Species in the important families are treated in detail (arranged alphabetically by genus and species) and include the species name, frequent synonyms and names of similar species, an illustration, FAO common name(s), diagnostic characters, biology and fisheries information, notes on geographical distribution and a distribution map. For less important species, abbreviated accounts are used. Generally, this includes the species name, FAO common name(s), an illustration, a distribution map and notes on biology, fisheries and distribution. The final volume concludes with an index of scientific and common names. (Vol. 1: ISBN 92-5-104825-8; Vol.2: ISBN 92-5-104826-6).


Papers presented at the Norway-FAO Expert Consultation on the Management of Shared Fish Stocks. Bergen, Norway, 7-10 October 2002

FAO Fisheries Report No. 695, Supplement
Rome, 2003, 246 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104936-X
ISSN 0429-9337

A critical input into the proceedings of this Expert Consultation were the two discussion papers and 12 cases studies contained in this document. The first discussion paper addresses the basic requirements and principles for successful management of shared fish stocks derived from game theoretical considerations and practical experiences. The second discussion paper presents the legal aspects of the management of shared fish stocks including relevant provision in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and other international legal instruments. The case studies present experiences with management of shared fish stocks from various regions of the world.


Synopsis of biological data on the tor mahseer Tor tor (Hamilton, 1822)

AO Fisheries Synopsis No. 158
Rome, 2003, 44 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104933-5
ISSN 0014-5602

Among Indian mahseers, Tor mahseer Tor tor (Hamilton, 1822) is the most important food and game fish of India after Tor putitora (Hamilton, 1822). It constitutes an outstanding fishery in the Narmada River in central India. It has also settled in some Indian reservoirs which have been stocked with this fish. However, the building of dams across certain rivers has created reservoirs that have destroyed the natural breeding grounds of the fish and caused mortality on brood and juvenile fish indiscriminately. The mahseer fishery of India is further declining as a result of low recruitment of the fish. Stocking rivers and reservoirs with mahseer is therefore essential to restore the fishery. This synopsis is the compilation of biological data for Tor tor - Tor mahseer collected from different sources. The detailed biological information on Tor tor, including the feeding habits, breeding and growth patterns contained in this synopsis, will be very useful in planning the development of the mahseer fishery in India.

Section 9


Report of the Council of FAO. Hundred and Twenty-fourth Session. Rome, 23-28 June 2003

Rome, 2003, 84 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104963-7
ISSN 0251-5296

The supreme governing body of the FAO is the Conference. The Council is the executive organ of the Conference. It exercises powers delegated to it by the Conference and meets at least three times between regular Conference sessions. The Council comprises 49 member nations each elected by the Conference for a three-year term with one-third of the membership standing down each year.


Section 0


Parité hommes-femmes et l'accès à la terre (La)

FAO : Etudes sur les régimes fonciers no. 4
Rome, 2003, 54 p.
ISBN 92-5-204847-2
ISSN 1726-1864

Le présent manuel a été rédigé pour aider les administrateurs fonciers dans les gouvernements et leurs homologues dans la société civile jouant un rôle dans l’accès à la terre et dans l’administration foncière dans le cadre du développement rural. Les questions de parité hommes-femme sont fréquemment omises ou sous-estimées et cela a souvent des répercussions négatives.


Régime foncier et le développement rural (Le)

FAO : Etudes sur les régimes fonciers no. 3
Rome, 2003, 64 p.
ISBN 92-5-204846-4
ISSN 1726-1864

Le présent guide a été préparé pour familiariser les lecteurs avec les questions clés liées au régime foncier, et plus particulièrement celles concernant l’insécurité alimentaire et le développement rural. La négligence dont fait trop souvent l’objet le régime foncier lors des interventions de développement rural a souvent des effets néfastes très durables. Il est essentiel d’analyser les aspects pratiques du régime foncier pour déterminer quelles sont les personnes qui ont accès aux terres et sous quelles conditions.

Section 9


Rapport du Conseil de la FAO. Cent vingt-quatrième session. Rome, 23-28 juin 2003

Rome, 2003, 84 p.
ISBN 92-5-204963-0
ISSN 0251-5288

Le Conseil fait rapport à la Conférence, organe directeur suprême de la FAO. A l'occasion de la Conférence, les Etats Membres participent aux débats et à la formulation des politiques dans les principaux domaines de l'alimentation et de l'agriculture. Réunis pour le Conseil, les Etats Membres s'engagent à soutenir les initiatives de développement.


Sección 9


Informe del Consejo de la FAO. 124º período de sesiones. Roma, 23-28 de junio de 2003

Roma, 2003, 84 págs.
ISBN 92-5-304963-4
ISSN 0251-530X TR/M/Y9845/S

La FAO está regida por la Conferencia de Estados Miembros, que se reúne cada dos años para examinar las actividades realizadas y aprobar un Programa de Labores y Presupuesto para el bienio siguiente. La Conferencia elige un Consejo integrado por 49 Estados Miembros para que actúe como órgano rector entre períodos de sesiones. Los miembros del Consejo desempeñan su cargo durante tres años con arreglo a un sistema de rotación.

New titles in Arabic

Section 9

Report of the Council of FAO. Hundred and Twenty-fourth Session. Rome, 23-28 June 2003

Rome, 2003, 84 pp.
ISBN 92-5-604963-5
ISSN 0256-1182

The supreme governing body of the FAO is the Conference. The Council is the executive organ of the Conference. It exercises powers delegated to it by the Conference and meets at least three times between regular Conference sessions. The Council comprises 49 member nations each elected by the Conference for a three-year term with one-third of the membership standing down each year.

New titles in Chinese

Section 8

Assuring food safety and quality. Guidelines for strengthening national food control systems

FAO Food and Nutrition Paper No. 76
Rome, 2003, 84 pp.
ISBN 92-5-504918-6
ISSN 1728-3264

This publication was prepared to enable national authorities, particularly in developing countries, to improve their food control systems. It replaces the earlier FAO/WHO publication Guidelines for developing an effective national food control system. It takes into account recent developments in the conception and operation of effective national food control programmes, and the new trading environment that resulted from the World Trade Organization Agreements on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and on Technical Barriers to Trade. The guidelines seek to provide advice to national authorities on strategies to strengthen food control systems to protect public health, prevent fraud and deception, avoid food adulteration and facilitate trade. The guidelines will also be of assistance to a range of other stakeholders including consumer groups, industry and trade organizations, farmer groups and any other groups or associations that influence national policy in this area.



Section 8

Food Quality and Safety Systems. A training manual on food hygiene and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system

Rome, 2003, 244 pp.
ISBN 92-5-404115-7

One important element of FAO's work is building the capacity of food control personnel, including government authorities and food industry personnel carrying out food quality and safety assurance programmes. Such programmes should include specific food risk control procedures such as the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. FAO has prepared this manual in an effort to harmonize the approach to training in the HACCP system based on the already harmonized texts and guidelines of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The manual is structured to provide essential information in a standardized, logical and systematic manner while adhering to effective teaching and learning strategies. It is composed of three sections. Section 1 reviews principles and methods of training; Section 2 introduces and elucidates the Codex Alimentarius General Principles of Food Hygiene; and Section 3 explains the HACCP system and its implementation. Each section is made up of specific training modules which can be combined and customized to meet the specific needs of the students.



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