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Rosegrant et al., 2014. IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute), Washington, USA

Food security in a world of natural resource scarcity : the role of agricultural  technologies

This book contributes to the understanding of future benefits from alternative agricultural technologies by assessing future scenarios for the potential impact  and benefits of these technologies on yield growth and production, food security, the demand for food, and agricultural trade.

March 12, 2014
Brittaine et al., 2010. Integrated Crop Management n°8. IFAD / FAO

Jatropha: a small-holder bioenergy crop; The potential for pro-poor development

This publication presents a compilation of information on key practical issues affecting jatropha for pro-poor development.

February 27, 2014
Elbehri et al., 2013. FAO, Rome, Italy

A global assessment of sustainability Biofuels and sustainability challenge : issues, trends and policies for biofuels and related feedstocks

This book is a complete study that attempts to integrate into a single report the major issues related to biofuel and related feedstock sustainability.

February 21, 2014
Pal et al., 2011. SAARC Agriculture Centre

Dairy Production, Quality Control and Marketing System in SAARC Countries

This report reviews the existing dairy production system in the SAARC (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) countries; it compares the dairy diversity among the member countries; identifies the strength and weaknesses of the scenario and recommends measures for improving the existing production system in individual member countries to address the need of 21st century.

February 18, 2014
MTT, 2013. MTT Agrifood Research Finland

Finnish feed tables

This web service consists of the Feed tables and nutrient requirements of farm animals used in Finland. It is publised by MTT Agrifood Research Finland based on a mandate from the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The animal species covered include ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats), pigs, poultry (chicken and turkeys), fur animals (fox and mink) and horses. 

January 27, 2014
Muehlhoff et al., 2013. FAO, Rome, Italy

Milk and dairy products in human nutrition

The book presents information on the nutritional value of milk and dairy products and evaluates current scientific knowledge on
the benefits and risks of consuming milk and dairy products in the context of global changes in diets
January 22, 2014
NSF, 2013. National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka

National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka - National e-Repository

This e-Repository has been established to create global visibility and accessibility to the collective output of scholary research of Sri Lanka. The repository is maintained by the National Science Foundation and it archives, preserves and offers access to the full text of scholary literature of Sri Lankan origin

December 20, 2013
de Jonge et al., 2013. In: Makkar, H. P. S. FAO Animal Production and Health Guidelines. FAO, Rome

The feed analysis laboratory: establishment and quality control. Setting up a feed analysis laboratory, and implementing a quality assurance system compliant with ISO/IEC 17025:2005

This document presents a step-by-step process to guide the laboratory management team through the various stages, from planning the feed analysis laboratory building and layout, to hiring suitable staff and choosing which methods to set up, with appropriate equipment requirements.

December 16, 2013
FAO, 2013. FAO Forestry

Insects for food and feed

This FAO website on insects used for food and feed provides information, news, resources and publications.

November 30, 2013
FAO, 2012. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO, Rome, 2012

The state of world fisheries and aquaculture

The "State of world fisheries and aquaculture" serves as a useful reference work on the sector – its status, trends, issues and outlook – and it contributes to a more complete understanding of the sector

November 28, 2013
NAFRI, 2013. National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, Laos

LAD Lao Agriculture Database

LAD was established by the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) to improve the collection and dissemination of agriculture and forestry related information in Laos. It includes research results, surveys, training and extension materials, working papers, as well as policy and strategy reports. The database consists of bibliographic information, abstracts and fulltext files. 

November 15, 2013
Dairy One, 2013. Dairy One Cooperative

Dairy One Feed composition library

Cumulative statistics on samples analyzed and compiled by the Dairy One Forage Lab in the United States. It is updated on an annual basis to continually broaden the scope of the database.

November 15, 2013
KISTI, 2012. Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information


A Reference Linking Platform of Korea Journals in Science and Technology

November 5, 2013
Oppong-Apane, 2013. In: Bedane, B.; Ly, C.; Makkar, H. P. S. (Eds.). FAO, Accra, Ghana.

Cassava as animal feed in Ghana: Past, present and future

November 4, 2013
Gerber et al., 2013. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome.

Tackling climate change through livestock – A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities

This report presents an evidence-based picture of emissions with data broken down by species, agroecological zones, regions and production systems.
November 4, 2013
FAO et al., 2013. FAO, IFAD, WFP, Rome, FAO.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013: the multiple dimensions of food security

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets.

November 4, 2013

Greenhouse gas emissions from ruminant supply chains – A global life cycle assessment

This report presents results from a broad assessment carried out to improve the understanding of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions along livestock supply chains. 
November 4, 2013

Greenhouse gas emissions from pig and chicken supply chains – A global life cycle assessment

November 4, 2013
Ruane et al., 2013. Occasional papers on Innovation in family farming. FAO, Rome, Italy

Biotechnologies at work for smallholders: Case studies from developing countries in crops, livestock and fish

This book documents a series of 19 case studies where agricultural biotechnologies were used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries. 

November 4, 2013
Hristov et al., 2013. J. Anim. Sci., 91 (11): 5095–5113

Mitigation of methane and nitrous oxide emissions from animal operations: III. A review of animal management mitigation options 

This article is derived in part from a published review of mitigation options for the livestock sector funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

November 4, 2013
Hristov et al., 2013. J. Anim. Sci., 91 (11): 5045-5069

Mitigation of methane and nitrous oxide emissions from animal operations: I. A review of enteric methane mitigation options

This article is derived in part from a published review of mitigation options for the livestock sector funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

November 4, 2013
Montes et al., 2013. J. Anim. Sci., 91 (11): 5070-5094

Mitigation of methane and nitrous oxide emissions from animal operations: II. A review of manure management mitigation options

This article is derived in part from a published review of mitigation options for the livestock sector funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

November 4, 2013
Brunken et al., 2008. Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

West African plants - A Photo Guide

A photo database containing more than 15,000 photos of identified West African Plants. Photos under creative commons license CC-BY-NC-SA.

August 13, 2013
FAO, 2013. FAO, Rome

Dairy Gateway - Dairy production and products

FAO's Dairy Gateway is a neutral platform that provides a wide range of material about milk production and products in developing countries. The Gateway allows users to share information, video and picture stories, and experiences. 

July 28, 2013
SAPPLPP, 2013. NDDB National Dairy Development Board and FAO

South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Programme

South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Programme was established in 2006 with the objective of facilitating and contributing to the development of pro-poor livestock policy and programme implementation, in three selected South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan and India. The programme is funded by the National Dairy Development Board and FAO.

July 24, 2013
MEKARN, 2013. Program financed  by SidaSAREC

MEKARN - Research Cooperation For Livestock-Based Sustainable Farming Systems In The Lower Mekong Basin

This regional network on sustainable agriculture in South East Asia is supported by Sida/SAREC. Participating institutions are the countries in the Lower Mekong Basin (Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand). The core activities are research, research training, and exchange and dissemination of information.

July 23, 2013
Wadhwa et al., 2013. FAO

Utilization of fruit and vegetable wastes as livestock feed and as substrates for generation of other value-added products

This publication presents information on the chemical composition, conservation methods, nutritive value and guidelines for incorporation of fruit and vegetable wastes in animal diets. It also covers aspects related to utilization of such wastes as a substrate for the generation of value-added products. The recycling of these resources will economise on animal feed and also alleviate environmental pollution.

July 23, 2013
FAO, 2013. FAO, Rome

Food Outlook June 2013. Biannual report on global food markets

Food Outlook is published by the Trade and Market Division of FAO under Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS). It is a biannual publication focusing on developments affecting global food and feed markets. Each report provides comprehensive assessments and short term forecasts for production, utilization, trade, stocks and prices on a commodity by commodity basis and includes feature articles on topical issues. 

July 23, 2013
APHCA, 2013. APHCA - Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Dairy Asia - Asian milk for health and prosperity

Mission: 1. Facilitate an increase in productivity, quality and profitability, in an environmentally sustainable manner, at all points along the dairy value chain in Asia. 2. Facilitate the collection and dissemination of high quality information and knowledge relevant to dairy development in Asia. 3. Enhance the recognition of the contribution of small holder dairy farming to household food security and overall socio-economic wellbeing in Asia, and the importance of the contribution of women. 4. Enhance the global visibility of the Asian dairy sector.

July 23, 2013

FAO-Published documents on feed and feeding

Published document on feed and feeding

July 3, 2013
Makkar et al., 2013. FAO Animal Production and Health Proceedings, No. 16. Rome, FAO and Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies

Optimization of feed use efficiency in ruminant production systems

Proceedings of a symposium which focused on enhancing Feed Conversion Efficiency, through the application of new approaches to feeding ruminants that address both rumen and animal health, and the benefits it holds for farmers, for their livestock and for society.

June 27, 2013
FAO, 2013. FAO, Rome, Italy

The state of food and agriculture 2013: food systems for better nutrition

The report provides comprehensive data and analysis on the rapidly evolving burden of malnutrition at global, regional and country levels. It reviews an extensive body of evidence on how agriculture and the entire food system influence nutrition. Executive summary available in english, french, spanish, arabic, chinese and russian.

June 11, 2013
IDC, 2013. House of Commons, 1st Report Session 2013–14, London, UK

Global Food Security

This document is a report from UK parliament on food security and on how DFID  (UK Department For International Development) might improve global food security.
June 11, 2013
Hristov et al., 2013. In: Gerber, P. J.; Benjamin Henderson, B.; Makkar, H. P. S. (Eds). FAO Animal Production and Health Paper No. 177. FAO, Rome, Italy.

Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in livestock production – A review of technical options for non-CO2 emissions

This report presents a review of current knowledge on mitigation practices for greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock sector. It focuses specifically on non-CO2 emissions from enteric fermentation and manure management.
June 11, 2013
Cowie, 2013. In: Makkar, H. P. S. FAO Animal Production and Health Manual No. 16. Rome

Quality assurance for microbiology in feed analysis laboratories

This book deals with microbiological procedures and quality assurance in microbiology laboratories. It will assist microbiology laboratories in acquiring the recognition of competence required for certification or accreditation and will also enhance the quality of the microbiological data generated by feed analysis laboratories. This book is now available in e-book format at http://www.fao.org/publications/e-book-collection/en/

May 23, 2013
FDA, 2012. FDA, Second Edition

Bad Bug Book - Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins

Bad Bug Book provides current information about the major known agents that cause foodborne illness. The information provided in this handbook is abbreviated and general in nature, and is intended for practical use.

April 30, 2013

Multilingual multiscript plant name database

Database of plant names (Latin and vernacular) in 70 languages and 25 scripts.

April 22, 2013

Catalogue of life: higher plants in China

April 22, 2013
CABI, 2013. Wallingford, UK: CAB International

Invasive Species Compendium

The Invasive Species Compendium (ISC) is an encyclopaedic resource that brings together a wide range of different types of science-based information to support decision-making in invasive species management worldwide. It comprises detailed datasheets that have been written by experts, edited by an independent scientific organization, peer reviewed, and enhanced with data from specialist organizations, images, and maps, a bibliographic database and full text articles.

April 2, 2013

Database - OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook

The database of the Agricultural Outlook provides data on commodity markets (supply, commodity balances, prices) from the 70's. Projections towards 2021 are also available.

March 18, 2013
FAO, 2013. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


FAOSTAT (FAO) provides time-series and cross sectional data relating to hunger, food and agriculture for approximately 245 countries and 35 regional areas from 1961 through the present.

March 12, 2013
Ecoport, 2013. Ecoport

Ecoport database

A database devoted to inter-disciplinary integration of information to manage biodiversity.

March 12, 2013
LeFevour et al., 2007. Society for Ecological Restoration International, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Global Restoration Network

Global Restoration Network is a database and web-based portal to trustworthy and hard-to-find information on all aspects of restoration, from historic ecosystems and causes of degradation to in-depth case studies and proven restoration methods and techniques.

March 6, 2013
Ecocrop, 2013. FAO, Rome, Italy

Ecocrop database

Ecocrop (FAO) permits the identification and comparison of more than 2300 plant species on environmental requirements in all agro-ecological settings of the world. Textual information also includes a brief description of the species, its use, synonyms, common names and notes. 

February 22, 2013
Martin-Rosset, 2012. Editions Quae, 624 p.

Nutrition et alimentation des chevaux

Designed for teachers, development managers and technicians, practising veterinary surgeons and students, this book includes a precis of horse nutrition, feed recommendations drawn up for each category (mares, stallions, foals, carthorses, riding horses, draught horses, ponies and donkeys) in their breeding and use conditions and feed composition and nutritive value tables.

February 20, 2013
FAO, 2013. Edited by Harinder P.S. Makkar. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper No. 175. Rome, Italy

Enhancing animal welfare and farmer income through strategic animal feeding - Some case studies

This document presents case studies about existing practices that enhance animal welfare as well as farmers’ incomes. It is hoped that this will encourage researchers and agencies to initiate studies to capture the impact of any intervention on farmers’ incomes. These studies could pave the way for developing guidelines and policy options to promote sustainable animal feeding that enhances animal welfare, animal productivity, animal product quality and profitability.

February 7, 2013
FAO, 2011. FAO,  Rome, Italy

Network of experts - Support for strenghthening quality control systems in animal feed analysis laboratory in developing countries

The experts listed on the Network have agreed to provide advice and guidance on quality control and regulatory aspects of feed analysis and on accreditation of laboratories to international standards. Technical Analysts and Laboratory Managers working in R&D institutions and feed industries in developing countries can direct their queries to the following experts. Please select an expert based on the nature of your query and expertise available with the experts.

February 7, 2013
ILRI, 2012. ILRI

Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST)

Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) is a systematic method to assess local feed resource availability and use. It helps in the design of intervention strategies aiming to optimize feed utilization and animal production. The tool comprises two main elements

January 8, 2013

Agricultural Extension in South Asia

AESA is a portal on Agricultural Extension in South Asia. It aims to share knowledge on different aspects related to extension practice and policy within the region and also to link people involved in extension to new knowledge and advisory services generated elsewhere.

December 19, 2012
SARE, 2008. SARE Outreach. In: Clark (Ed.), Diane Publishing, 2008

Managing cover crops profitably (3rd edition)

Managing Cover Crops Profitably provides information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation. The book deals with the most commonly used species in the USA (including grasses, grains, brassicas and mustards, and legumes).

December 14, 2012