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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
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
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
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
World Bank, 2012. Agriculture and Environmental Services, The World Bank, Washington

Identifying investment opportunities for ruminant livestock feeding in developing countries

This report presents a step-by-step analytical framework that will provide the priority investments and actions in technologies, policies, and institution in order to enhance livestock feeding in developing countries.

December 7, 2012
FAO, 2012. FAO, Rome

The state of Food and Agriculture 2012: investing in agriculture for a better future

The State of Food and Agriculture, FAO’s major annual flagship publication, aims at bringing to a wider audience balanced science-based assessments of important issues in the field of food and agriculture. It contains a comprehensive, yet easily accessible, overview of a selected topic of major relevance for rural and agricultural development and for global food security. This is supplemented by a synthetic overview of the current global agricultural situation.

December 7, 2012
INRA, 2012. INRA

INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research) is one of the foremost institutes in the world for agriculture, food and the environment. It is also the second largest public research institute in France.

December 6, 2012
AFZ, 2012. AFZ

AFZ (Association française de zootechnie)

The AFZ (Association Française de Zootechnie) is a French association of animal production specialists from industry, trade organisations, research, education and public administration. Its mission is to help with the dissemination and application of knowledge related to farm animals, and to participate in the public debates concerning animal productions.

December 6, 2012


CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement) is a French research centre working with the whole range of developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture.

December 6, 2012
FAO, 2012. FAO

FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

FAO (Food and agricultural Organization of the United Nations) aims at raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity, bettering the lives of rural populations and contributing to the growth of the world economy.

December 6, 2012
FEDNA, 2012. Fundación FEDNA

FEDNA (Fundación Española para el Desarrollo de la Nutrición Animal)

FEDNA is a spanish organization that gathers university researchers and professionals dedicated to animal nutrition in Spain. FEDNA aims at developping scientific knowledge about animal nutrition. It publishes information about feedstuffs, spanish regulation on safety etc...

December 5, 2012
Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, 2012. Université de Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech

Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech

The Faculty of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech is dedicated exclusively to agronomical sciences and biological engineering. The complete five-year program on offer at the Faculty trains future bioengineers.  Gembloux Agro-Bio-Tech is a faculty open to the world, which has forged an international reputation thanks to the quality of its teaching and the excellence of its research over the last 150 years.

December 5, 2012
IAV, 2012. IAV

Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II

The Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II (IAV)( Agronomic and Veterinary Institute) is the leading graduate institute in life sciences and engineering of Morocco. The IAV provides education, research and development in agriculture, rural development, rural land-use planning and natural resources management.


December 5, 2012
SIA, 2012. Universidad de Cordoba, SIA

Servicio de Información sobre Alimentos

SIA is one of University of Cordoba Centralized Services, which participates, within the INIA´s animal feeding thematic network, in the spreading of the information on animal feeding.  Its main mission is to integrate the data obtained in different laboratories on bromatologic composition, nutritive value and use recommendations of cattle feed used in Spain.

December 5, 2012
ILRI, 2012. ILRI

International Livestock Research Institute

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works with partners to help poor people keep their farm animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity and find profitable markets for their animal products.

December 5, 2012

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

The CGIAR Consortium is an international organization that, together with the CGIAR Fund, advances international agricultural research for a food secure future by integrating and coordinating the efforts of those who fund research and those who do the research

December 5, 2012

Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes

The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) aims at providing supplementary education (economic as well as technical) and developing a spirit of international cooperation among agricultural personnel in Mediterranean countries.

December 5, 2012

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

CSIRO is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.

December 5, 2012
EAAP, 2012. EAAP

European Federation of Animal Sciences

EAAP represents the professional interests of european scientists, academics, professionals and producers, technicians, extension officers, government departments and farmer organisations.

December 5, 2012
FARA, 2012. FARA

Forum for agricultural research in Africa

FARA is the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, an umbrella organization bringing together and forming coalitions of major stakeholders in agricultural research and development in Africa. FARA complements the innovative activities of national, international and sub-regional research institutions to deliver more responsive and effective services to its stakeholders.

December 5, 2012
CIAT, 2012. CIAT

Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

CIAT is an agricultural research institution that focuses on scientific solutions to hunger in the tropics. CIAT  believes eco-efficient agriculture—developing sustainable methods of food production—is the best way to eradicate hunger and improve livelihoods in the region.

December 5, 2012

Asian-Australasian Dairy Goats Network

AADGN is a new grouping by and for all who are interested in dairy goats. The primary objective of AADGN is to serve all stakeholders including researchers, academicians, policy makers, farmers & investors and milk & other dairy processers working to promote dairy goat farming in Asia-Australasia and beyond.

December 5, 2012
Amena, 2012. Amena

Asociación Mexicana de Especialistas en Nutrición Animal

The mexican association of animal nutrition (AMENA) aims at developing scientific knowledge in nutrition and animal productions.

December 5, 2012
AgroParisTech, 2012. AgroParisTech


AgroParisTech (Paris Institute of technology for life, food and environmental sciences) is one of the foremost French Graduate Institutes in Science and Engineering. It has 2000 students, among which 450 Ph. D students, 230 academic staff and 300 researchers.

December 5, 2012
USGC, 2012. 3rd Ed. U.S. Grain Council

A guide to Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS)

The U.S. ethanol industry includes different plant designs and production technologies, and uses different grains for ethanol production – including a wide diversity of corn varieties and sources. With the evolving technology for corn fractionation and for oil extraction, the industry produces many different products as DDGS. This Handbook gives buyers tools they need in developing relationships with U.S. DDGS sellers.

November 26, 2012
WRSA, 2012. World Rabbit Science Association

World Rabbit Science Association

The World Rabbit Science Association aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience, to promote teaching, scientific research, practical experimentation, collection and publication of statistics and documents in relation with rabbit production, to promote World Rabbit Congresses alone or in cooperation with other international bodies, to cooperate with FAO and any other World Bodies interested in rabbit meat, pelt or fur production.

November 13, 2012
Lebas, 2012. Cuniculture.info


An open access French website about rabbits in general, biology of rabbits, rabbit production and rabbit recipes.

Un site français gratuit dédié au lapin en général, et plus particulièrement à sa biologie, à son élevage et son utilisation.

November 13, 2012
FAO, WFP and IFAD, 2012. FAO, Rome

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012

This publication presents new estimates of undernourishment that show that progress in reducing hunger has been better than previously believed, and that it may be possible to reach the MDG hunger target by 2015. However, eradication of hunger remains a major global challenge. Economic growth is necessary but not sufficient to accelerate reduction of hunger and malnutrition.

October 11, 2012
FAO, 2007. Edited by Harinder P.S. Makkar, Manuel Sánchez and Andrew W. Speedy. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper - 164, Roima, Italy

Feed supplementation blocks - Urea-molasses multinutrient blocks: simple and effective feed supplement technology for ruminant agriculture 

This book summarizes a wide range of experiences with the use of the block technology in countries around the world. This compilation of experiences provides ample evidence that the block technology has contributed significantly to enhancing animal productivity at the field level, and has generated considerable additional income for farmers.

October 9, 2012
FAO, 2011. By Uppoor Krishnamoorthy and John Moran. Edited by Harinder P.S. Makkar. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper - Manual 13

Rearing young ruminants on milk replacers and starter feeds

This manual presents comprehensive information on the preparation and feeding of milk replacers and starter feeds for pre-ruminants. It keeps in view the situation prevailing in developing countries and the demand for ruminant milk for human consumption.

October 9, 2012
FAO, 2012. FAO Animal Production and Health

FAO publications on animal production

Includes publications, manuals, working papers, guidelines and proceedings on the following topics: Dairy, Poultry & small stock, Animal Nutrition & feeding, Livestock production systems, Livestock development and Meat production

October 9, 2012
FAO, 2012. FAO Animal Production and Health Manual No. 15. Rome, Italy

Conducting national feed assessments

This document provides guidance to countries in developing national feed assessments (NFASs). Members of governments and research organizations who wish to establish NFASs will likely seek guidance on the technical issues and procedural aspects of building and institutionalizing NFASs. A set of recommended step-wise procedures is given for implementing NFASs, including procedures for planning, establishing, and updating a NFAS.

October 9, 2012
FAO, 2012. by M.R. Garg. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper  No. 173. Rome, Italy

Balanced feeding for improving livestock productivity. Increase in milk production and nutrient use efficiency and decrease in methane emission

This publication outlines an approach used by National Dairy Development Board (India) to balance rations in smallholder dairy farms in order to enhance milk production with existing feed resources, using transfer of scientific knowledge in an easy-to-use and easy-to-implement manner.

October 9, 2012
FAO, 2012. By T.K. Walli, M.R. Garg & Harinder P.S. Makkar. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper No. 172. Rome, Italy

Crop residue based densified total mixed ration – A user-friendly approach to utilise food crop by-products for ruminant production

This publication presents a technology based on the formation of a complete diet in the form of densified feed blocks or pellets from straws mixed with minerals, oil seed cakes and other agroindustrial by-products.

October 9, 2012