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As the lead UN agency for food security, FAO offers a large range of related publications and e-products in different languages.

Topics include food and nutrition, natural resources and agricultural systems, economic and social development.

About FAO publishing

FAO works with countries and partners in pursuit of its overriding goal of eradicating hunger. Key to this concerted effort is the sharing of information to raise awareness and advance knowledge of food, agriculture, natural resources and related economic development.
As a lead global publisher, FAO brings together multidisciplinary knowledge in statistical yearbooks and analyses, global assessments, reviews and outlooks, guidelines, manuals and specialized studies.
Many are available in FAO languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian. Others are available in local languages, for which FAO encourages joint publishing initiatives.
FAO is committed to broad and unrestricted access to information, and all publications are made freely available in a growing variety of formats and media.

Browse and download directly from the FAO Document Repository, buy your own through our Catalogue or Distributors, or take a loan from an FAO Depository Library.

Frequently asked questions

What is the FAO Document Repository?

What is the FAO Document Repository?

The Document Repository is FAO’s official online repository for all information products and reports. It offers free and direct access to all indexed publications as well as official reports and other papers and documents published by FAO, as well as some materials produced by other sources with FAO involvement. 

How do I download FAO publications free of charge?

How do I download FAO publications free of charge?

FAO is committed to providing free online access and granting unrestricted use rights for non-commercial purposes, excluding derivatives, as stated in its copyright notice. Click on the View online tab or the Browse label on book covers to download directly from the Publications page or search and download from the Document Repository. Print copies of many publications can also be ordered from Publications-Sales@fao.org.

How do I download FAO e-books?

How do I download FAO e-books?

FAO e-books can be read on all major portable digital devices and cannot be opened on a computer screen. Simply click on the icon showing the name of your device, and downloading will start automatically. Please note that in order for the download to start, your tablet or smartphone should be equipped with an e-reading application. If your e-reader has no browsing capability you must download the e-book to your computer and then transfer it to your portable device using a USB cable.  For iPad users, the file is stored in iBooks;  for Kindle users, the file can be accessed from Notifications and retrieved later from Web-Menu-Downloads.

In the third quarter of the year, all FAO e-books will be accessible from selected e-stores.

How do I request permission to translate or adapt an FAO publication?

How do I request permission to translate or adapt an FAO publication?

All requests for translation or adaptation rights should be done through the online Licence Request form or directed to copyright@fao.org.

How do I request permission to republish or redistribute FAO content?

How do I request permission to republish or redistribute FAO content?

All requests for republication or distribution of FAO content or whole publications should be done through the Licence Request form or directed to copyright@fao.org.

What are FAO Documents and Reports?

What are FAO Documents and Reports?

Material contained in this section include meeting documentation and reports from FAO’s governing bodies and other official meetings. These documents can be downloaded directly.

In which languages are FAO publications available?

In which languages are FAO publications available?

FAO promotes the broadest possible access to its information and aims to produce publications in the FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian) required to reach target audiences effectively. To find out whether a publication is available in your language of choice, Go to More Search Options in the Document Repository, enter your title and click on the View link.

How do I order copies of FAO publications?

How do I order copies of FAO publications?

FAO Publications can be ordered by writing to Publications-Sales@fao.org. Alternatively, you can order your copy from an FAO book agent in your country.

Are geographic discounts available for FAO publications?

Are geographic discounts available for FAO publications?

Yes, FAO applies a discount system, offering publications at affordable prices to users in developing countries. Please contact Publications-Sales@fao.org for more information.

How do I find out about upcoming FAO publications?

How do I find out about upcoming FAO publications?

The best way to stay up to date on FAO Publications is to visit the Publications page, view the Catalogue and subscribe to BookInfo.

How do I subscribe to FAO PublishingConnect?

How do I subscribe to FAO PublishingConnect?

Please use the link provided on the Publications page. Alternatively, send your contact details to Publications-sales@fao.org with subject line “FAO PublishingConnect”.

Can I publish my book with FAO?

Can I publish my book with FAO?

FAO does not accept unsolicited material or manuscripts for publication. All FAO publications, including copublications, derive from its official work programme. (Material submitted in response to “ calls for papers” and FAO journal submission requests are not considered unsolicited material.)

Do I need a permission to quote or photocopy FAO publications?

Do I need a permission to quote or photocopy FAO publications?

Unless you are making bulk photocopies for systematic distribution, it is sufficient to quote accurately and ensure appropriate acknowledgement of FAO as the source and copyright holder. FAO's endorsement of opinions, products or services must not be stated or implied in any way.

How do I cite FAO Publications?

How do I cite FAO Publications?

Many FAO publications carry a recommended citation. Some web pages and tools include a Cite button, which will generate an automatic citation. Alternatively, follow the recommended formats for publications and e-products and databases/datasets.

How do I contact FAO Publications?

How do I contact FAO Publications?

Rights and permissions

FAO is committed to providing free online access to its publications and documents. It grants unrestricted use rights for non-commercial purposes, excluding derivatives, as stated in its copyright notice. Click on the View online tab or the Browse label on book covers to download directly from the Publications page or search and download from the Document Repository. Print copies of many publications can also be ordered from Publications-Sales@fao.org

FAO seeks to maximize discoverability and use of its knowledge and information. It supports open access publishing principles by guaranteeing free access and direct downloading rights to all publications, documents and reports via its online Document Repository.

FAO also encourages the use and dissemination of its publications. Unless indicated otherwise, material may be copied, downloaded and printed for private study, research and teaching purposes, or for use in non-commercial products or services. Appropriate acknowledgement of FAO as the source and copyright holder must be given, while FAO’s endorsement of users’ views, products or services must not be implied in any way.

Submit licensing and permission requests via the Licence Request Form for:

  • Reproduction and redistribution of publications, e-products and databases (or part of these products)
  • Reuse of publications and e-products and databases (or part of these products) for commercial purposes
  • Adaptation and translation  of publications and e-products and databases (or part of these products) for non-commercial or commercial purposes

Alternatively, licensing and permission requests may be addressed to copyright@fao.org.
Many FAO publications, e-products and databases carry a recommended citation. Some web pages and tools include a Cite button, which will display an automatic citation.

Alternatively, use the following format:

For publications and e-products:
[Authors or FAO if no individual authors on title page.] [Year of publication.] [Title.] [Series.][Page numbers.] [Place of publication,] [FAO as publisher.] [URL and date accessed for online products.]

For databases/datasets:
[FAO.] [Database Title.] [Dataset Title.] [Latest update: Day/month/year.] [(Accessed [Day/month/year).] [URL or URI].