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New titles in English

Section 1

Population improvement: a way of exploiting the rice genetic resources of Latin America

By: Elcio Perpétuo Guimarães
Rome, 2005, 368 pp.

This publication aims to document the progress made in the advance use of rice genetic resources in Latin America. It presents a series of theoretical and practical examples, written by experts in their field, of how novel use of a broad genetic base and application of population breeding methods can help push the rice crop's production beyond its current yield plateau. The international community, especially today, should seek to encourage the most efficient use of crop genetic resources. This publication provides examples on how this can be done. This technology is ready for transfer to any other rice-producing region and thus contribute to the world's food security.

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Section 3

Unasylva No. 220, Vol. 56 - 2005/1. COFO 2005. Dialogue into action

Rome, 2005, 56 pp.
ISSN 0041-6436

The FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) is FAO's governing body on forestry; it is made up of senior government officials of all FAO member countries that wish to participate. Attendance at the Ministerial Meeting on Forests, held 14 March 2005, and the seventeenth session of COFO, held 15 to 19 March, was record-breaking: 700 in all, including 90 heads of national forestry agencies. This issue of Unasylva presents some of the highlights: speeches presented by FAO leaders and special guests, articles recapturing some of the main themes, and summaries of selected side events.

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Section 4

Fisheries laws and regulations in the Mediterranean: a comparative study

GFCM Studies and Reviews No. 75
Rome, 2005, 54 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105276-X
ISSN 1020-9549

In 2001, a study on the fisheries regulatory framework of the Western Mediterranean coastal States was undertaken under the aegis of the COPEMED Project; as follow-up, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) commissioned a comparative study covering the entire Mediterranean basin that focused on three issues: (i) access regimes to fisheries resources; (ii) management of fishing effort and fishing capacity; and (iii) monitoring, control and surveillance. The purpose of this study is to provide fisheries managers with information on the principal measures adopted in the region to identify areas where harmonization should be sought, particularly in relation to shared stocks. This paper has been conceived as a working document for States to complete and build upon.

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Report of the twenty-third session of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission. Wierzba, Poland, 26 May-2 June 2004

FAO Fisheries Report No. 771
Rome, 2005, 54 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105306-5
ISSN 0429-9337

The session was held in concomitance with a Symposium on Aquaculture Development - Partnership between Science and Producer Associations. The session reviewed EIFAC's activities since 2002 in the fields of fishery biology and management, aquaculture, protection of the aquatic resource, and social and economic issues. EIFAC revised and decided its future programme of work, and in particular the activities which should be carried out until the next session of the Commission in 2006. The twenty-fourth session will be preceded by a Symposium on Hydropower, Flood Control and Water Abstraction: Implications for Fish and Fisheries.

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Report of the Workshop on the Feasibility of Establishing a Regional Cooperation Network for Auqaculture in Latin America and the Caribbean. Panama, Republic of Panama, 6-8 December 2004

FAO, Fisheries Report No. 773
Rome, 2005, 50 pp., Bilingual (En/Es)
ISBN 92-5-005303-7
ISSN 0429-9337

The workshop examined the status of aquaculture in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on its contribution to economic and social development and the major difficulties it faces. It also looked at previous occurrences of cooperation for aquaculture in the region with the presentation and analysis of a summary of past activities and mechanisms. The central issue placed before the workshop was the proposal to establish a new regional cooperation network for aquaculture, based on a study carried out by FAO and additional information on similar activities conducted by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC) Fisheries Working Group and the Latin American Organization for Fisheries Development (OLDEPESCA). The workshop recommended the establishment of an intergovernmental cooperation network for aquaculture that would be open to all the countries of the Americas and would establish linkages with equivalent mechanisms in other regions. It identified key issues for the network's attention, together with its possible structure and sources and modalities of financing.

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Report on DEEP SEA 2003, an International Conference on Governance and Management of Deep-Sea Fisheries. Queenstown, New Zealand 1-5 December 2003

FAO, Fisheries Report No. 772
Rome, 2005, 96 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105280-8
ISSN 0429-9337

The report describes (a) the reasons for convening DEEP SEA 2003, an International Conference on Governance and Management of Deep-Sea Fisheries, that was held in Queenstown, New Zealand, from 30 November to 5 December 2003, (b) the agenda and structure of the Conference, (c) the main conclusions of the Conference and (d) a prognoses for the future of deep-sea fisheries as seen by a selected group of experts. The report also documents a number of actions that the participants, in general, believed needed to be addressed, many of them on an urgent basis, as a means of developing a global programme of future activities to address the problems that had been identified and discussed.

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Section 6

Communication for Development Roundtable Report. Focus on Sustainable Development

Rome, 2005, 96 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105296-4

Communications for Development is about dialogue, participation and the sharing of knowledge and information. It takes into account the needs and capacities of all concerned. This report documents the contributions and outcomes of the Ninth United Nations Inter-Agency Roundtable on Communications for Development which took place in Rome, Italy, from 6-9 September 2004. The Roundtable, attended by some 130 participants from around the world, focused on Sustainable Development, with three specific thematic areas: communication and natural resource management; communication for isolated and marginalized groups; and communication in research, extension and education. A redefinition of Communications for Development is necessary within the context of the 21st century, bearing in mind the new political and media landscape, especially regarding the rural digital divide and other emerging issues related to development.

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Production and export of organic fruit and vegetables in Asia

By: Pascal Liu
FAO Commodities and Trade Technical Paper No. 6
Rome, 2004, 132 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105241-7
ISSN 1729-9829

This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions that took place during the International Seminar on Producing and Exporting Organic Fruit and Vegetables in Asia that was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2003.It describes the market situation and outlook for organic horticultural products, the opportunities offered by the main import markets (North America, the European Union and Japan) and their import requirements. The publication examines the ways in which Asian countries could take advantage of potential market opportunities. Case studies on the development of the organic agriculture sector in Thailand, China and India are presented. The publication analyses the constraints to be overcome in order to produce and export organic horticultural products successfully, and discusses strategy options for the development of production and exports in Asia.

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Section 8

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Quality and Safety Database (CD-ROM)

Rome, 2005
ISBN 92-5-105305-7

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Quality and Safety Database is part of the FAO activities aimed at enhancing information access and exchange as means to improve the safe production, harvesting, handling, storage, transport and marketing of fresh fruit and vegetable. The database focuses on resource materials and training activities, and has been structured so that the users will understand the relations between quality and safety issues. The database contains over 800 references organized using a modular approach.
System requirements: OS: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP or Linux; minimum hardware: Pentium II, 64MB Ram, CD-ROM drive; Adobe®Acrobat Reader®

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Section 3

Unasylva No. 220. Vol. 56, 2005/1. COFO 2005. Du dialogue à l'action

Rome, 2005, 56 p.
ISSN 0251-1053

Le Comité des forêts (COFO) est l'organe directeur de la FAO en matière de forêts ; il se compose de fonctionnaires publics de haut niveau provenant de tous les pays membres de la FAO qui désirent y participer. Un nombre record de participants ont assisté à la Réunion ministérielle sur les forêts tenue le 14 mars 2005 et à la dix-septième session du COFO qui a eu lieu du 15 au 19 mars : 700 personnes, dont 90 chefs d' organismes forestiers nationaux. Ce numéro d'Unasylva présente quelques-uns des faits saillants : les discours présentés par les directeurs de la FAO et par des invités sociaux, des articles portant sur les principaux thèmes approfondis et des résumés d'évènements parallèles choisis.

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Section 4

Rapport de la vingt-troisième session de la Commission européenne consultative pour les pêches dans les eaux intérieures. Wierzba, Pologne, 26 mai-2 juin 2004

FAO, Rapport sur les pêches nº 771
Rome, 2005, 56 p.
ISBN 92-5-205306-9
ISSN 1014-6547

En conjonction à la Commisson, un Symposium sur le développement de l'aquaculture - Partenariat entre scientifiques et associations de producteurs a été organisé. Les participants ont passé en revue les activités de la CECPI depuis 2002 dans les domaines suivants: biologie et gestion des pêches, aquaculture, protection des ressources aquatiques et aspects économiques et sociaux. La CECPI a examiné et approuvé son futur programme de travail et en particulier les activités qui seront entreprises jusqu'à la prochaine session de la Commission en 2006. La vingtquatrième session sera précédée par un symposium intitulé "Energie hydroélectrique, maîtrise des crues et prises d'eau: incidences sur les poissons et les pêches".

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Sección 3

Unasylva No. 220. Vol. 56 - 2005/1. COFO 2005. Del diálogo a la acción

Roma, 2005, 56 págs
ISSN 0251-1584

El Comité de Montes de la FAO (COFO) es el órgano de gobierno de la FAO en el sector forestal; está conformado por oficiales gubernamentales superiores de todos los Estados Miembros de la FAO que desean participar. La asistencia a le Reunión Ministerial sobre Bosques, realizada el 14 de marzo de 2005, y al 17º período de sesiones del COFO del 15 al 19 de marzo, batió el récord: asistieron 700 participantes en total, entre ellos, 90 jefes de organismos forestales nacionales. Esta edición de Unasylva presenta algunos de los puntos más destacados: los discursos de los dirigentes de la FAO y de los invitados especiales, artículos que retoman algunos de los temas principales y resúmenes de actos colaterales.

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Sección 4

Informe del Taller sobre Factibilidad de Establecimiento de una Red de Cooperación en Acuicultura en América Latina y el Caribe. Panamá, República de Panamá, 6-8 de diciembre de 2004

FAO, Informe de Pesca Nº 773
Roma, 2005, 50 págs., bilingüe (En/Es)
ISBN 92-5-005303-7
ISSN 0429-9337

El Taller analizó la situación de la acuicultura en América Latina y el Caribe, la contribución del sector al desarrollo económico y social y los principales problemas que lo afectan. Analizó también los antecedentes de la cooperación regional para el desarrollo de la acuicultura, mediante la presentación y el análisis de un resumen de los esfuerzos realizados y los mecanismos empleados en la región para colaborar en el desarrollo de esta actividad. El tema central de la reunión fue la propuesta de una nueva red de cooperación en acuicultura en la región, basada en un estudio realizado por la FAO e información adicional sobre los esfuerzos que han realizado, con el mismo fin, el Grupo de Trabajo de Pesca del Foro de Cooperación Económica del Asia Pacífico (APEC) y la Organización Latinoamericana de Desarrollo Pesquero (OLDEPESCA). El Taller recomendó el establecimiento de una red intergubernamental de cooperación en acuicultura, abierta a la adhesión de todos los países del continente americano y que establezca lazos de cooperación con mecanismos similares de otras regiones; definió los temas claves a tratar por la red, una posible estructura y posibles fuentes y modalidades de financiamiento.

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Sección 8

Alimentos obtenidos por medios biotecnológicos. Comisión del Codex Alimentarius. Programa Conjunto FAO/OMS sobre Normas Alimentarias

Roma, 2004, 64 págs
ISBN 92-5-305259-7
ISSN 1020-2579

En su 26º período de sesiones, celebrado en 2003, la Comisión del Codex Alimentarius adoptó principios de alcance general sobre el análisis de riesgos de los alimentos obtenidos por medios biotecnológicos modernos y directrices para la evaluación de la inocuidad de los alimentos obtenidos de plantas, o producidos utilizando microorganismos, de ADN recombinante. En esta publicación condensada se presenta el texto adoptado con vistas a promover su utilización amplia y una mayor comprensión del proceso de análisis de riesgos de los alimentos obtenidos por medios biotecnológicos modernos por parte de los gobiernos, las industrias alimentarias y los consumidores.

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New titles in Arabic

Section 8

Codex Alimentarius Commission. Procedural Manual. Fourteenth edition. Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme (Arabic version)

Rome, 2005, 294 pp.
ISBN 92-5-605258-X
ISSN 1020-9042

The Procedural manual of the Codex Alimentarius Commission is intended to help Member Governments participate effectively in the work of the joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The manual is particularly useful for national delegations attending Codex meetings and for international organizations attending as observers. It sets out the basic Rules of Procedure, procedures for the elaboration of Codex standards and related texts, general principles and guidelines for the acceptance of Codex standards by governments, basic definitions and guidelines for the operation of Codex committees. It also gives the membership of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the addresses of Codex contact points.

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Codex Alimentarius Commission. Report of the Twenty-seventh Session. Geneva, 28 June - 3 July 2004. Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme (Arabic vesrion)

Rome, 2005, 154 pp.
ISBN 92-5-605180-X
ISSN 1020-9350

The FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission is the unique United Nations body responsible for establishing international food standards aimed at protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade. The food standards, codes of practice, and other guidelines and recommendations adopted by the Commission form the Codex Alimentarius: the international food code. The Codex Alimentarius Commission envisages a world afforded the highest attainable levels of consumer protection, including food safety and quality. The 27th Session adopted the Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding and other important texts. It was attended by 402 participants representing 89 governments and 37 international governmental and non-governmental organizations. This is the report of that meeting, adopted by the Commission itself on its closing day. It includes a full list of all participants and a list of all of the standards and related texts adopted by the Commission.

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New titles in Chinese

Section 8

Food labelling. Complete texts. Revised 2001 (Chinese version) Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme - Codex Alimentarius Commission

Rome, 2005, 56 pp.
ISBN 92-5-504679-9
ISSN 1020-8143

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 standards and guidelines on food labelling published in various volumes of the Codex Alimentarius are now collected and republished 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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