Working or studying from home? FAO has a lot to share


Times like this have led us to rethink our daily lives, from our basic everyday habits to the way we usually get information. FAO is working to guarantee continued access to its knowledge through a wealth of online resources, easily accessible from your computer or mobile phone.

If you are looking for information about how COVID-19 is affecting food and agriculture, you can access the latest articles and policy briefs here. A list of scientific publishers currently giving free access to COVID-19-related information is available here.

If you are looking for a broader range of online resources in FAO’s areas of expertise, check out the FAO Document Repository, home to almost 100 000 documents and publications, on subjects ranging from food security to migration to climate change to fisheries. Everything is available to download and use for free, in line with FAO’s Open Access policy.

TIP: Online PDFs don’t suit you? For many of our titles you can download an e-book (EPUB or MOBI) version from the publication preview page in our Document Repository. Or look for them on major online platforms, most of which offer them for free, such as Smashwords. If you have limited bandwidth for downloading, try reading online on Google Books. If you prefer a print copy, check major online retailers for availability and delivery options in your region or contact one of FAO’s official distributors.

If you need to look up journals and databases covering FAO’s core disciplines for your essay or research paper, or are interested in FAO’s historic book collections, the David Lubin Memorial Library is a good place to start.

In addition, the AGORA programme, led by FAO, provides free or low-cost access to major scientific journals and books to improve the quality of agricultural research, education and training in low-income countries. Check country eligibility criteria here.

Would you rather watch than read? FAO produces quality footage related to its activities. The FAO channel on YouTube features packaged stories as well as ready-to-watch video content from events and projects.

TIP: If you wish to watch the latest video features, interviews, and coverage from our main events, plus archival video, check the Video Catalogue.

A platform for broadcasters and other professional content users to download high-quality video news packages and feature stories about FAO’s work, the FAO Media Vault offers high-definition clean footage, subject to credit and copyright terms and conditions. To download footage, please register with your own login and password.

For photos, check the FAO Mediabase for over 100 000 thematic images, as well as some of FAO’s historical analogue collection. FAO’s Flickr accounts feature albums covering FAO events and work in the field. Check out FAO News FlickrFAO of the UNFAO Emergencies and more. Professionally shot, and available for immediate download, all pictures are subject to credit and copyright conditions.

In addition to all these resources, FAO produces podcasts in English and French, including interviews and FAO on-the-ground success stories, that you can download, share, or simply listen to while getting on with other indoor activities.

To build your knowledge and skills visit FAO’s e-learning Academy, which offers over 300 multilingual e-learning courses across FAO’s priority areas, from sustainable food systems to food safety or child labour. Courses are free of charge and certified using Digital Badges.  

Finally, if you’re home with your little ones and on the lookout for engaging yet educational activities for kids, here are some tips!

FAO’s “Activity books” series give young people food for thought and a glimpse into FAO’s work, including climate change and healthy eating, while colouring in or doing other fun activities. Download them from the resource portal Building the #ZeroHunger Generation. The “Discovering forests”teaching and learning modules, aimed towards school children aged 10–13, can be a nice way to bring some nature into your homes.The “YUNGA challenge badges" provide activities for different age groups around topics ranging from energy to disaster risk reduction or nutrition.

Still not enough? FAO is on all major social media platforms, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok, to provide you with around-the-clock information and updates.



Illustration: Del Hambre