Overview of AGROVOC statistics: 12 figures to know about AGROVOC

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During recent years, AGROVOC has increased in concepts, terms and languages (see Figure 1 and 2) thanks to the collaboration of the AGROVOC editorial community. While in 2017, AGROVOC had 34 700 concepts and 661 000 terms, by July 2021, AGROVOC contained almost 39 180 concepts and 844 000 terms.

Evolution of AGROVOC content
Figure 1. Evolution of AGROVOC content January 2017– July 2021. Source: FAO, 2021


In 2021, AGROVOC was available in up to 40 languages, including Arabic, Burmese, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

number of terms
Figure 2. Evolution of AGROVOC content  and language coverage from January 2017 to July 2021. Source: FAO, 2021


In addition to new terms and concepts, in the first six months of 2021 there were almost 37 million accesses to single resources with a monthly average of 6.16 million

Figure 3. Total number of accesses to single resource from 2019 to July 2021. Source: FAO, 2021


With regard to multiple resources in the same timeframe, AGROVOC received up to 0.57 million access with a monthly average of 96k.

Figure 4. Total number of accesses to multiple resources from 2019 to July 2021. Source: FAO, 2021


In the first six months of 2021, 26 least developed countries (LDCs) have requested AGROVOC data. They are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Haiti, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen.

AGROVOC is available as a Linked Open Data (LOD) set and is aligned to 25 vocabularies. 

Figure 5. Alignment of AGROVOC to other vocabularies. Source: FAO, 2021


Our editorial community consists of 33 institutions and expert communities from 22 countries. Learn more about their work at: http://www.fao.org/agrovoc/agrovoc-community-editors

The year 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of AGROVOC. A series of campaigns and events will be launched. Follow us on Twitter @FAOAIMS #AGROVOC #AGROVOC40

Figure 6. 40 years of AGROVOC. Source: FAO, 2021