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New titles in English

Section 0

Insurance of crops in developing countries

By: R.A.J. Roberts
FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin No. 159
Rome, 2005, 94 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105299-9
ISSN 1010-1365

This publication is primarily concerned with risks to arable and horticultural crops, and the applicability of insurance to managing these risks. Its purpose is to provide an introductory overview of crop and forestry insurance. It begins by defining the boundaries for these types of insurance products in order to assist those interested in exploring and exploiting this financial mechanism. It then outlines how to proceed with planning for crop insurance within the established boundaries. While recognizing that classic, damage-based and yield-based insurance products account for the bulk of all crop insurance written globally, the booklet also points out the dynamism of research and development into new insurance mechanisms. It presents two fairly new insurance products: the first based on insuring a level of crop revenue, and the second where insurable damage is determined on the basis of an index derived from data external to the insured farm. While some of the example material is taken from agriculture and forestry in developed countries, the basic target group of readers is expected to be those concerned with crop and forest risk management in developing parts of the world. This publication will be of interest to farmer unions, producer/commodity groups, processors, marketing firms and others contracting with farmer producers, officials of Ministries of Agriculture, Planning and Commerce, and bankers and insurers with farming and forestry clients.

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Production and processing of small seeds for birds

By: Edo Lin
Agricultural and food engineering technical report No.1
Rome, 2005, 56 pp.
ISSN 1814-1137

Small grain mixtures are the mainstay of bird food. Most of the grain species used in these mixtures are of tropical and subtropical origin or could be produced in the tropics and subtropics. Their cultivation, processing and marketing open diverse opportunities for small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs in developing countries. The purpose of this report is to give an overview of the market for bird food and to highlight some of the plant species that could be successfully grown and processed in developing countries to supply this market. Major constraining factors to be taken into consideration are also identified. Information provided will be found valuable by entrepreneurs of small business and farmer groups looking for new cash crop alternatives, as well as service providers and policy-makers in the agro-industrial sector in developing countries.

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Section 1

Forage Legumes for Temperate Grasslands

By: John Frame
Enfield (NH), USA, 2004, 324 pp.
ISBN 92-5- 5105043-0

With the underpinning role of forage legumes in the nitrogen economy and animal productivity from temperate grasslands certain to expand in the future, particularly in regions where their potential has not yet been realized, it is essential that the wealth of information currently available is widely disseminated. This book serves the purpose with very detailed information on and illustrations of 35 selected forage legume species that will contribute to more efficient and viable grassland farming. [Co-published with Science Publishers, Inc. ,USA]

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Grasslands of the world

By: J.M. Suttie, S.G. Reynolds, C. Batello
Plant Production and Protection Series No. 34
Rome, 2005, 536 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105337-5
ISSN 0259-2525

This book brings together information on the contrasting characteristics, condition, present use and problems of the world's main natural grasslands. Since grassland is commercialized through the grazing animal, particular attention is paid to the livestock production systems associated with each main type. Grazing resources are more than simply edible herbage: many other factors have to be taken into account, notably water in all areas, and shelter in winter-cold climates. Seasonality of forage supply is a characteristic of almost all grazing lands, so the strategies for dealing with lean seasons are described. The main problems of each type are mentioned and possible strategies for their sustainable management discussed - taking into account their multiple functions, not only livestock production. The book is primarily aimed at agricultural scientists, educationalists, extensionists and decision-makers with interests in responsible use of extensive grasslands.

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Section 3

Pulp and paper capacities. Survey 2004-2009

Rome, 2005, 192 pp., Trilingual (En/Fr/Es)
ISBN 92-5-005345-2
ISSN 0255-7665

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: counry 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.

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Section 4

Discards in the world's marine fisheries. An update

By: Kieran Kelleher
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No. 470
Rome, 2005, 152 pp. + CD-ROM
ISBN 92-5-105289-1
ISSN 0429-9345

Discards represent a significant proportion of global marine catches and are generally thought to constitute waste or suboptimal use of fishery resources. A number of United Nations resolutions have drawn attention to the need to monitor and reduce discards and unwanted bycatch, in order to assess the impact of discards on marine resources and promote technologies and other means of reducing them. This paper provides an update of the quantity of discards in the world's marine fisheries based on a fishery-by-fishery approach. The previous FAO estimate of discards at a global level, based on data prior to 1994, is now considered outdated. The present study re-estimates discards at a global level using information from a broad range of fisheries in all continents. Selected policy and technical issues are highlighted and suggestions made for future actions. A road map for achieving further precision in the global estimate is described and associated initiatives are outlined. The reference materials used in compiling the quantitative data form part of the discard database and are provided on the accompanying CD-ROM.

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Economic performance and fishing efficiency of marine capture fisheries

By: Uwe Tietzw, Rolf Lasch, Bjarti Thomsen, Dominic Rihan
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No. 470
Rome, 2005, 76 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105324-3
ISSN 0429-9345

In order to safeguard the important role that marine capture fisheries play with regard to employment, income and food security, up-to-date information on the sector is needed to monitor the effect of management measures, regulations and government policies on its economic and financial health. This paper presents the findings of studies on the economic and financial performance of marine capture fisheries carried out in 13 African, Asian, Caribbean, European and South American countries during 2002 and 2003, replacing previously published results from 1999-2000 and 1995-1997. It includes the 94 most important fishing fleets operating in these countries that generally experienced positive gross cash flows and fully recovered their operating costs.

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General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean / International Commision for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. Report of the third meeting of the Ad Hoc GFCM/ICCAT Working Group on Sustainable Bluefin Tuna Farming/Fattening Practices in the Mediterranean. Rome, 16-18 March 2005

FAO Fisheries Report No. 799
Rome, 2005, 114 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105340-5
ISSN 0429-9337

The Working Group held its third and final meeting in Rome, Italy, from 16 to 18 March 2005. The meeting was attended by 19 experts representing 10 Mediterranean countries, Japan and the European Commission and, representatives from the Secretariats of the GFCM and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The WG completed its mandate and finalized and adopted the "Guidelines on Sustainable Bluefin Tuna Farming Practices in the Mediterranean", which are included in this Report.

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General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. Report of the GFCM Workshop on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Mediterranean. Rome, 23 and 26 June 2004

FAO Fisheries Report No. 767
Rome, 2005, 86 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105341-3
ISSN 0429-9337

The Workshop suggested a work plan for consideration by GFCM in its efforts to combat IUU fishing in the Mediterranean, stressing the importance of adopting a practical, step-by-step approach to implementing the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IPOA-IUU). Relevant background information and issues were carefully reviewed along with activity being carried out by GFCM and other regional fisheries management organizations, including the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.

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Mortality of fish escaping trawl gears

By: Petri Suuronen
Rome, 2005, 84 pp.
ISBN 92-5-105323-5
ISSN 0429-9345

Selective fishing has a large potential to reduce bycatch and discards, but it can be justified only if significant numbers of escaping fish survive. Many factors affect the survival of fish escaping from fishing gears and few studies have adequately explained the full range of stress, injury and mortality that can occur when fish escape from trawl codends under commercial fishing conditions. There are various options available to improve the survival of escapees. Installing escape panels or other sorting devices at strategic positions in a fishing gear can enhance escape and the survival of juveniles and non-target species. Facilitating the voluntary escape of fish through various constructional and operational solutions would increase the likelihood of their survival. In some cases, use of other fishing methods may be an appropriate approach to reducing unaccounted mortality associated with escape.

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Report and papers presented at the seventh FAO Expert Consultation on Fish Technology in Africa. Saly-Mbour, Republic of Senegal, 10-13 December 2001

FAO Fisheries Report No. 712
Rome, 2005, 176 pp., Bilingual (En/Fr)
ISBN 92-5-005342-8
ISSN 0429-9337

The Consultation was held to review progresses and problems in post-harvest fish utilization in Africa and make recommendations to FAO, its member countries and all institutes, institutions and persons interested in the utilization of fish in Africa. The experts reviewed in particular fresh fish utilization, fish processing, quality assurance, and marketing and socio-economic issues.

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Section 3

Capacités de la pâte et du papier. Enquête 2004-2009

Rome, 2005, 192 pp., trilingue (En/Fr/Es)
ISBN 92-5-005345-2
ISSN 0255-7665

Le recensement annuel FAO sur les capacités mondiales de production de pâte et de papier se fonde sur les chiffres envoyés par les correspondants de nombreux pays du monde. Les données ont été classées et traitées sur ordinateur, et on a utilisé un questionnaire informatisé. La présentation des données est caractérisée par les points suivants: les tableaux par produit indiquent la capacité de production par pays, par tous les produits et groupes de produits codés; et les tableaux de production par pays.

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Section 4

Rapport et documents présentés à la septième Consultation d'experts de la FAO sur la technologie du poisson en Afrique. Saly-Mbour, République du Sénégal, 10-13 décembre 2001

FAO: Rapport sur les pêches nº 712
Rome, 2005, 176 p., bilingue (En/Fr)
ISBN 92-5-005342-8
ISSN 0429-9337

La consultation a été organisée pour passer en revue les progrès et problèmes dans l'utilisation du poisson après capture en Afrique, et faire des recommandations à la FAO, à ses pays membres et à tous les instituts, institutions et personnes intéressés par l'utilisation du poisson en Afrique. Les experts ont passé en revue notamment l'utilisation du poisson frais, la transformation du poisson, l'assurance qualité, la commercialisation et les questions socioéconomiques.

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Section 5

Évaluation du bilan en éléments nutritifs du sol. Approches et méthodologies

Par : R.N. Roy, R.V. Misra, J.P. Lesschen, E.M. Smaling
Bulletin FAO: Engrais et nutrition végétale nº 14
Rome, 2005, 96 p.
ISBN 92-5-205038-8
ISSN 0259-6180

Les évaluations des bilans en éléments nutritifs aident à déterminer les effets des pratiques agricoles sur la fertilité des sols. Selon les situations, plusieurs approches et méthodes ont été utilisées. Ce bulletin présente un aperçu de la situation actuelle des études des bilans en éléments nutritifs. Il fait apparaître l'évolution des différentes approches et méthodes, les compare et souligne les améliorations effectuées ainsi que les questions qui restent à résoudre. Cette analyse permettra le développement des méthodologies d'évaluation considérées comme des outils fiables visant à concevoir des interventions dans le domaine de la gestion de la fertilité des sols.

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Sección 3

Capacidades de pasta y papel. Estudio 2004-2009

Roma, 2005, 192 págs., trilingüe (En/Fr/Es)
ISBN 92-5-005345-2
ISSN 0255-7665

La encuesta anual de la FAO sobre la capacidad mundial de producción de pasta y papel se basan en los datos recibidos de los corresponsales en muchos países. Los datos se han almacenado y elaborado en computadora, y en la encuesta se ha utilizado un cuestionario preparado con computadora. Cabe señalar las siguientes características de la presentación: los cuadros relativos a la pasta y papel por países se ofrecen en una página; los cuadros por productos indican el volumen de la capacidad de producción por países, en relación con cada producto y el código de la suma de productos; y los quadros de producción por país.

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Sección 8

Caracterización de peligros de patógenos en los alimentos y el agua. Directrices

Serie Evaluación de riesgos microbiológicos Nº 3
Roma, 2005, 86 págs
ISBN 92-5-304940-5
ISSN 1813-5323

La caracterización del peligro, tanto si se efectúa en el marco de una evaluación de riesgos microbiológicos como si constituye un proceso independiente, describe los efectos nocivos para la salud humana que pueden derivarse de la ingestión de microorganismos. Lo ideal es que incluya información cuantitativa sobre la relación dosis-respuesta y la probabilidad de resultados nocivos. El presente volumen contiene directrices para la caracterización de los peligros en los alimentos y el agua por medio de un enfoque estructurado en seis pasos: descripción del proceso de caracterización de peligros, inicio del proceso, recopilación y evaluación de datos, caracterización descriptiva, modelos de la relación dosis-respuesta y examen de los resultados. El presente volumen y otros números de la Serie de Evaluación de riesgos microbiológicos contienen información de utilidad para los encargados de la evaluación y la gestión de riesgos, en particular los comités científicos internacionales, la Comisión del Codex Alimentarius, los gobiernos y los organismos de reglamentación alimentaria, los científicos, los productores y las industrias de alimentos, y otras personas e instituciones que trabajan en el ámbito de los peligros microbiológicos en los alimentos, sus consecuencias en la salud pública y el comercio de productos alimenticios y su control.

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New titles in Arabic

Section 8

Understanding the Codex Alimentarius. Revised and updated (Arabic version)

Rome, 2005, 44 pp.
ISBN 92-5-605332-2

The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of international food standards that cover all the main foods, whether processed, semi-processed or raw. In addition, materials used in the further processing of food products are included to the extent necessary for achieving the principal objectives of the code - protecting the health of consumers and facilitating fair practices in the food trade. The Codex Alimentarius can safely claim to be the most important international reference point in matters concerning food quality. Its creation, moreover, has generated food-related scientific research and greatly increased the world community's awareness of the vital issues at stake - food quality, safety and public health. This booklet was first published in 1999 to foster a wider understanding of the evolving food code and of the activities carried out by the Codex Alimentarius Commission - the body responsible for compiling the standards, codes of practice, guidelines and recommendations that constitute the Codex Alimentarius. Since the first publication there have been many changes to the way in which the Codex works. A new edition of this popular booklet is therefore timely and necessary for understanding the Codex Alimentarius in the twenty-first century.

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Section 0

Design of lands consolidation pilot projects in Central Estern Europe, (The) (Russian Version)

FAO Land Tenure Studies No. 6
Rome, 2005, 72 pp.
ISBN 92-5-405001-6
ISSN 1815-0357

This guide has been prepared to support land administrators in land agencies responsible for the technical design and implementation of land consolidation pilot projects in transition countries. It provides advice on what countries can do to start a land consolidation pilot project. It shows why land consolidation should be considered within agricultural and rural development policies and programmes. It describes the essential elements of land consolidation and how it can be introduced in different situations.

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Good practice guidelines for agricultural leasing arrangements (Russian version)

FAO Land Tenure Studies No. 2
Rome, 2005, 84 pp.
ISBN 92-5-404667-1
ISSN 1815-0357

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