The glossary of FAO-managed databases and information systems contains over 50 alphabetically-listed entries giving users more efficient and comprehensive access to the organization’s wealth of agricultural information.
The Animal Feed Resource Information System (AFRIS) provides descriptions and chemical data on plants and other feed materials with 650 references and abstracts.
AgriBank-Stat was developed by the Marketing and Rural Finance Service of FAO as tool to provide key information on financial institutions in developing countries which offer financial services mainly to farmers and farmer households.
A database of agricultural documents produced by independent authors drawn from the agricultural and development world, and made available free of charge, in electronic format. Authors are invited to submit work such as reviews, scientific articles, poster papers and extension materials covering all areas within FAO’s mandate. AGRIPPA provides editors and reviewers to manage and edit submitted texts. Editors draw on the network of peer reviewers to assess the quality and accuracy of work in the same way as a conventional journal.
The International Information System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology (AGRIS) identifies world literature dealing with all aspects of agriculture. Operational since 1975, AGRIS has accumulated a database of more than 2.7 million references.
AQUASTAT is FAO's global information system of water and agriculture developed by the Land and Water Development Division of FAO. AQUASTAT provides users with comprehensive information on the state of agricultural water management across the world, with emphasis on developing countries and countries in transition.
Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) is an abstraction and indexing service covering literature related to global aquatic sciences. The ASFA database contains bibliographic references, including abstracts, literature on the science, technology, and management of marine, brackish water, and freshwater environments, including their socio-economic and legal aspects.
The Current Agricultural Research Information System (CARIS) identifies projects dealing with all aspects of agriculture which are being carried out in - or on behalf of - developing countries.
CDWA - Capacity Development for Water in Agriculture
This site is a meeting point for both, people in search of capacity development opportunities for water in agriculture and those offering courses/events in this area. The database contains relevant information on course/event provider, duration, target group as well as contact information in order to obtain further details.
CLIMWAT is a climatic database to be used in combination with the computer program CROPWAT. It calculates crop water requirements, irrigation supply and irrigation scheduling for various crops for a range of climatological stations worldwide.
The Codex Alimentarius, or the food code, was established by the United Nations and the World Health Organization in partnership with national governments to formulate and harmonize food standards and ensure their global implementation. The Codex Alimentarius database contains an up-to-date archive of meetings as well as all information and publications related to the development of the code.
The Consumption database contains annual statistics from 1961 onwards on consumption of fish and fishery products. The statistics are drawn from food balance sheets incorporating fish catch, production of processed and preserved products and trade figures.
Factors for the Conversion of Fish and Fish Product Landed Weights to Live Weight Equivalents is a database containing the factors used by national fishery statistical offices to convert landed fish weights into live weight equivalents for a wide variety of fish products prepared on board fishing vessels.
COUNTRY PASTURE PROFILES
Basic information about the pasture and forage resources of countries. Each profile provides a broad overview of relevant general, topographical, climatic and agroecological information with focus on livestock production systems and the pasture /forage resource and information concerning key institutions and personnel and their current research interests and selected references. Each profile has a custodian responsible for updating.
CROPWAT is a practical tool to help agro-meteorologists, agronomists and irrigation engineers to carry out standard calculations for evapotranspiration and crop water use studies, and more specifically the design and management of irrigation schemes. It allows the development of recommendations for improved irrigation practices, the planning of irrigation schedules under varying water supply conditions, and the assessment of production under rainfed conditions or deficit irrigation.
The goal of the Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS) is to promote the sustainable development and conservation of Animal Genetic Resources. DAD-IS serves as the virtual structure to assist countries in implementing the Global Strategy for the Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources through improved information, coordination and communication. It provides extensive searchable databases, tools, guidelines, library and contacts.
The database Introductions of Aquatic Species (DIAS) contains approximately 3,150 records on freshwater and marine species, molluscs and crustaceans.
EASYPol is an on-line, interactive multilingual repository of downloadable resource materials for capacity development in policy making for food, agriculture and rural development.
ECOCROP 1 is a database designed as a tool to identify plant species particular to specific environments and uses. The information in Ecocrop 1 identifies approximately 1,710 plant species whose most important climate and soil requirements match the information on soil and climate entered by the user.
ECOCROP 2 is designed as a library of studies on crop responses in relation to environmental and management factors. The program is created to provide information for crop modelling and to be used as a tool for scientists to organise and retrieve their own specific information on plant species.
The goal of the Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases (EMPRES) is to promote the effective containment and control of the most epidemic livestock diseases through epidemiological surveillance, contingency planning, early warning systems and global coordination.
FAO COUNTRY PROFILES AND MAPPING INFORMATION SYSTEM
The FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System is a pioneering information retrieval tool which groups the organization's vast archive of information on its global activities in agriculture and development in a single area and catalogues it exclusively by country. The system offers decision-makers around the world a fast and reliable way to access country-specific information without the need to search individual databases and systems.
Created by the FAO LEGAL OFFICE, FAOLEX stores full-text copies of international treaties, laws and regulations related to food, agriculture and renewable natural resources.
The FAO Statistical Database is an on-line multilingual database currently containing over 1 million time-series records from over 210 countries and territories covering statistics on agriculture, nutrition, fisheries, forestry, food Aid, land use and population.
The FAO Terminological (FAOTERM) database is a dictionary covering FAO's specialized subjects - agriculture, biology, forestry, fisheries, economics, statistics, nutrition – in a multilingual format.
The FAO Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS) is a global information system on fisheries aimed at providing policy makers with timely, reliable strategic information on fishery status and trends on a global scale. Designed as a policy-based information system, it will enable policy makers to make informed decisions about the key challenges of sustainable development, and will support their shifting towards sustainability-centred management by providing them with a single entry point to strategic data, information, analyses and reviews of fisheries issues and trends.
FiSAT was developed mainly for fish stock analysis, but also enables related analyses of size, catch, selection and other data typically collected for tropical fish stock assessment.
FishBase contains key information on fish species with more than 25,630 species listed as well as 114,000 common names. The database also contains 29,000 pictures, distribution maps, and even pictures of stamps containing fish.
FISHERS contains the number of people engaged in fishing according to the working time devoted to the occupation, as national annual averages, from 1961 onwards. The database also includes statistics from 1990 onwards of employment in aquaculture and separate inland and marine fisheries on a gender disaggregated basis.
A database of coastal state requirements for foreign fishing, consisting of a series of tables summarizing the provisions of national legislation and of bilateral and multilateral agreements governing foreign fishing in waters under national jurisdiction.
The system provides users with access to a variety of downloadable fishery statistics databases more detailed than those provided by FAOSTAT. Contains data on quantities and values of aquaculture production, capture production, trade and production of fishery products, as well as Eastern Central Atlantic and Mediterranean and Black Sea capture production.
This database contains statistics on fishery fleets (fishing and support vessels) for decked and undecked craft. Numbers of undecked vessels are provided by country and vessel type for powered and unpowered boats. For decked vessels, numbers and aggregate GRT values are available by country and vessel type for classes of GRT, length and horsepower. The statistics, which cover the years 1970, 1975 and 1980 onwards, contain estimates of missing data so that estimates of continental and world totals are available.
The Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping Systems (FIVIMS) project contains a network of systems that assemble, analyse and disseminate information on the problem of food insecurity and vulnerability. FIVIMS aims to raise awareness of food security issues, improve the quality of food-security related data and analysis, facilitate the integration of complementary information, and promote better understanding of users' needs as well as improve the use and sharing of information.
Database containing information on the distribution of world forests in English, French, Arabic and Spanish.
FORESTRY LINKS DATABASE
This database contains links that have been categorized by FAO Forestry Programme staff to facilitate the sharing of information relevant to the quest for sustainable forest management
The Field Programme Management Information System (FPMIS) provides information regarding ongoing projects by funding source (donor) and subject area (FAO Major Programme).
GeoNetwork provides Internet access to interactive maps, satellite imagery and related spatial databases. It's purpose is to improve access to and integrated use of spatial data and information. It promotes and enhances multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development and supports decision making in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food security. GeoNetwork allows to easily share spatial data among different FAO Units, other UN Agencies, NGO's and other institutions.
GeoWeb is a web based application that allows customized access to various information tools for assessing global crop and food supply situations.
The Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture. (GIEWS) provides regular bulletins on food outlook, food crops and shortages, food supply situation and crop prospects, weather and alerts on a regional or country-by-country basis.
GLOBEFISH is the unit in the FAO Fisheries Department responsible for information on international fish trade. GLOBEFISH is an integral part of the FISH INFOnetwork and performs a co-ordinating role in the Network activities.
A searchable grassland index of nearly 500 grassland and pasture species, with picture gallery.
The Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) provides access to the data necessary to manage the change in the capacity of terrestrial ecosystems to support sustainable development. It also houses an international directory of sites and networks that carry out long-term terrestrial monitoring and research activities.
Horticulture Cultivars Performance Database
The Register of Fish Importers (IMPORTER) comprises some 6,000 names and addresses of producers, importers, exporters involved in trade of fishery products.
Equipment Register (IER) of information on manufacturers of fish processing equipment names, addresses and type of products.
The Information Network of Post-Harvest Operations (INPhO) aims to prevent the loss of millions of tonnes of cereals, roots, tubers, fruits and vegetables in developing countries caused by inadequate handling and storage, pest damage, and transport and marketing problems. The database provides one-click access to five databases on post-harvest experts, post-harvest images, storage systems, traditional recipes and other Internet links.
The Agricultural Engineering Institutions (INTDR) database promotes information exchange among agricultural engineering institutions around the world. It includes more than 640 institutions from almost 100 countries and presents names and addresses of the institutions plus a description of their activities.
International directory of FISH TECHNOLOGY Institutions
The International Directory of Fish Technology Institutions contains information on fish technology institutions world wide including name, address, facilities, research and training programmes.
International Portal on Food Safety, Animal & Plant Health (IPFSAPH)
IPFSAPH facilitates trade in food and agriculture by providing a single access point to authorized official international and national information across the sectors of food safety, animal and plant health. It has been developed by FAO in association with the organizations responsible for international standard setting in sanitary and phytosanitary matters.
Irrigation Equipment Supply database houses a list of irrigation equipment services worldwide.
The Key Indicators Mapping System (KIMS) was developed by the World Agriculture Information Centre (WAICENT) for the Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping Systems (FIVIMS) project. KIMS is user-friendly software, accessible to non-GIS specialists and developed for the specific purpose of collecting, mapping and disseminating food insecurity and vulnerability indicators.
The Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative (LEAD) works for the protection and enhancement of natural resources that are affected by livestock production. It highlights the close and complex interaction between government policies and the environmental impact of livestock production, and identifies the large number of technologies available to mitigate the negative effects of some production systems.
List of Aquaculturists from Latin America and the Caribbean (LISTAL) is an up-to-date list of aquaculturists in the region which allows the user to retrieve information on scientific and technical personnel as well as on the productive sector in the field of Latin American and Caribbean aquaculture.
METART provides low resolution satellite imagery, meteorological data and derived products and information on software tools, methods and techniques used in environmental monitoring, crop forecasting, early warning systems and desert locust control.
Interactive database and electronic and archive allowing users to to quickly get an overview of selected types of problem soils, to search on literature sources which treat problem soils, to identify tables, figures and case studies related to problem soils, and to retrieve literature sources, tables, figures and case studies in the electronic archive.
REFORGEN is the FAO worldwide information system on forest genetic resources and holds information on on-going activities and programmes in the sector.
The Seed Information System (SIS) database, a global list of seed sources, houses the details of approximately 8,000 public and private institutions dealing with seed production and processing in over 150 countries.
The Global Species Database for Fishery Purposes (SPECIESDAB) is a global inventory of commercially important species. SPECIESDAB represents FAO's standard authority on nomenclature and identity of aquatic species used by man.
The Transboundary Animal Disease Information System (TAD-info) is a database management system for the storage and analysis of information on livestock diseases. It also aims to improve disease management systems.
TEMS, Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring Sites, is an international directory of sites and networks that carry out long-term terrestrial monitoring and research activities. The database provides the "who, what and where" and additional services i.e. metadata registration, qualitative change assessment, methodology sheets that can be useful to both the scientific community and policy-makers.
TERRASTAT houses databases containing information on major soil constraints, soil in deserts and dryland areas, population distribution, steeplands analysis, land degradation severity and human-induced land degradation due to agricultural activities.
The World Information and Early Warning System on Plant Genetic Resources (WIEWS) provides information on national programmes focusing on the conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.