Statistical Database Terms of Use

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (“FAO”) is mandated to collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate information related to nutrition, food, and agriculture. In this regard, it publishes a number of databases on topics related to FAO’s mandate, and encourages the use of them for statistical, scientific, and research purposes. Accordingly, all databases provide datasets free of charge, in machine-readable format, and subject to the terms of use of this agreement (“Dataset terms”) and the Terms and Conditions regarding the Reuse of Web content, which are incorporated herein by reference.


FAO encourages you to use FAO databases for research, statistical, and scientific purposes. You may access, download, create copies and re-disseminate datasets subject to these Dataset terms.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, all datasets disseminated through the databases below are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO) explained here with the additional terms listed below.


When you access, download, or otherwise extract any data from any dataset, you agree to comply with the CC BY-NC- SA 3.0 IGO, and all terms specified in this Dataset Terms.


1. Third Party Exceptions

FAO includes data in corporate databases which are provided by third parties which may not be redistributed or reused without the consent of the original data provider, or may be subject to terms and conditions which are different than FAO’s. It is your responsibility to determine if a particular dataset is fully or partially owned by third parties and/or whether additional restrictions may apply. It is your responsibility to act in compliance with the terms and conditions of the third party data providers. FAO does not represent or warrant that it owns or controls all rights in all Datasets, and FAO will not be liable to you for any claims brought against you by third parties in connection with the use of any dataset.

2. Attribution

The CC BY-NC- SA 3.0 IGO specifies that you must give appropriate attribution and credit to FAO for any work produced using a dataset or when data is re-disseminated. The citation must follow the following format:

“FAO.[NAME OF DATABASE]. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. Extracted from: [insert URL of database]. Data of Access: [insert date that the dataset was accessed in the following format DD-MM-YEAR].”

3. No endorsement

You may not in any way represent that FAO has participated, sponsored, approved, or endorsed the manner or purpose of your use or reproduction of any Dataset.

4. Exclusion of liability

FAO is not responsible or liable in any way to you for any loss or damage incurred in connection to the use of FAO databases. FAO is not responsible or liable for the accuracy, usefulness or availability of any database.

5. Amending the Statistical Database Terms of Use and associated Terms and Conditions regarding the Reuse of Web content

The Terms and Conditions regarding the Reuse of Web content are incorporated verbatim herein. When you access, download, extract, or otherwise use any dataset published by FAO, you consent to be bound by The Terms and Conditions regarding the Reuse of Web content as well as these dataset terms.

Both the Terms and Conditions regarding the Reuse of Web content and these dataset terms may be amended at any time. It is your responsibility to check for updates and amended versions as your continued use of any dataset guarantees your consent to any amendments.