World Food and Agriculture

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,
Rome 2012


The FAO Statiscal Pocketbook is a new product belonging to a family of revamped stastical products from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Like its parent publications, the FAO Statistical Yearbook, it presents a visual synthesis of the key trends and factors shaping the global food and agricultural landscape and their interplay with broader and environmental, social and economic dimensions, especially poverty and food security. In addition, the Pocketbook provides comprehensive country profiles based on this landscape. The Pocketbook serves as a rapid and highly accessible reference point on the state of world food and agriculture for policy-makers, donor agencies, researchers and analysts as well as the general public.

Table of Contents

List of countries




People and demography
Capital and investment
Land and water resources


Poverty and inequality
Food prices and food price volatility
Trade, food stability and food security
Risks, hazards and shocks
Food aid
Good governance
Health, education and sanitation


Aggregate agriculture
Sources of growth in crop production
Trends in the crop sector
Trends in the fisheries sector
Trends in the livestock sector


Climate change
Pollution from agriculture
Biodiversity and conservation
Genetically modified crops
Organic agriculture
Agriculture and the bio-based economy


Country Profiles




Unit description
Metadata concepts
Metadata definitions




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