7 #UNFAO ebooks you should have in your e-library

Have a look and also help choose our next ebook!

05 Aug 2015

Feeding the world’s growing population, which is expected to go beyond 9 billion by 2050, is one of the world’s biggest challenges. Some of the highest rates of population growth are predicted to occur in areas that are highly dependent on the agriculture sector (i.e. crops, livestock, forests and fisheries). Sustainable agricultural growth is one of the most effective means of reducing poverty and achieving food security. 

If you are working or interested in international development, getting to grips with the latest ebooks on the topic can be a real challenge.  From eco-friendly farming and livestock management to progress towards food security and nutrition, here are FAO’s seven recommendations for ebooks on nutrition and food security in 2015. 

1. Family Nutrition Guide (also available in French, Russian and Spanish)

The Family Nutrition Guide aims to improve the feeding and nutrition of families in developing countries. It is primarily written for health workers, nutritionists, agricultural extensionists or other development workers who design nutrition education materials and activities and work  at the community level.


2. Fats and Fatty Acids in Human Nutrition

The overall goal of these recommendations is to support health and nutritional well-being of individuals and populations. The topics covered during the recent past include energy, protein and amino acids, fats and oils, most of the vitamins and minerals and carbohydrates, with the objective of providing guidance on nutritional requirements and recommended dietary intakes.

3. Guidelines for measuring household and individual dietary diversity (also available in French and Spanish)

Obtaining detailed data on household food access or individual dietary intake can be time consuming and expensive, and requires a high level of technical skill both in data collection and analysis. The dietary diversity questionnaire represents a rapid, user-friendly and easily administered low-cost assessment tool.

4. Tackling Climate Change through Livestock

A report which presents the most comprehensive estimate made to date of livestock’s contribution to global warming – as well as the sector’s potential to help tackle the problem. A useful resource for stakeholders from livestock producers to policy-makers, researchers and civil society representatives, which also intends to inform the public debate on the role of livestock supply chains in climate change and possible solutions.

5. Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

These voluntary standards set the benchmark for current scientific and technical best practices, and support the key international policy instruments for the conservation and use of plant genetic resources.

6. A New Deal for School Gardens

School gardens are run for a variety of reasons. Some that are gaining prominence in all parts of the world are for the promotion of good diet, nutrition education, and the development of livelihood skills, together with the power to extend this learning beyond the school itself in a variety of ways. This educational focus can be an important long-term contributor to national health and food security.

7. Coping with water scarcity. An action framework for agriculture and food security

The document offers views on the conceptual framework on which FAO's water scarcity programme should be based, proposes a set of definitions associated with the concept of water scarcity, and indicates the main principles on which FAO should base its action in support to its member countries.

Browse our publication’s catalogue and tell us - email at: [email protected]  - which of the FAO books you would like converted into a free ebook. The three most requested books will become available via our ebooks collection.

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