On World Book Day, check out FAO’s resources


As a knowledge-driven organization, FAO works to guarantee continued access to its knowledge.

World Book and Copyright Day 2022 is an opportunity to get a glimpse of the wealth of our online resources, easily accessible from your computer or mobile phone.

Check out the FAO Document Repository, home to some 115 000 documents and publications, available in the six UN official languages (and many more!) on subjects ranging from food security to migration to climate change to fisheries. All documents are available to download and use for free, in line with FAO’s Open Access policy.

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

If you are looking for a combination of key messages, data and multimedia elements, interactive stories are the right product for you. Rich in multimedia interactions such as 3D animations, graphs, quizzes and deep integration with social media, interactive stories provide users with an immersive experience. 

If you need to look up scientific information covering FAO’s core disciplines for an essay or research paper, or are interested in FAO’s historic book collections, the David Lubin Memorial Library is a good place to start, with its extensive historical print collection of 1.5 million volumes, over 285,000 e-journals and e-books and several bibliographic and citation databases.

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 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.

To build your knowledge and skills visit FAO’s e-learning Academy, which offers over 500 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.  

Still not enough? FAO is on all major social media platforms, including  DouyinFacebookFlickrInstagramLinkedInTikTokTwitter
Weibo and YouTube, to provide you with around-the-clock information and updates.



Illustration: Del Hambre