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Resources on Food and Agriculture

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SourceTitleItem TypeDescriptionURL
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Food and Agriculture OrganizationInformation; DatabaseThe UN agency, which focuses on nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, provides statistics and information about food, agriculture and natural resources in multiple languages. Country-specific profiles are accessible here: Specific information about the following themes is available on the website: Animal health; Animal production; Antimicrobial Resistance; Aquaculture; Biodiversity; Biotechnology; Capacity Development; Child Labour in Agriculture; Climate change; Climate-Smart Agriculture; Communication for development; Decent Rural Employment; Ecosystem Services & Biodiversity; El Niño; Environmental and Social Standards; Family farming; Fisheries; Food chain crisis; Food loss and food waste; Genetic resources; Hunger and Malnutrition; Indigenous peoples; Investment in agriculture; Livestock and the environment; Nutrition; Pastoralist Knowledge Hub; Peste des petits ruminants; Port State Measures; Quinoa; Research and Extension; Resilience; Right to Food; Rural Institutions; School food; Seeds; Social protection; Technical Cooperation Programme; Sustainability; Sustainable Food Value Chains; Trade; Urban agriculture; Water; World Food Situation; Zika virus.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Statistics DivisionFAOSTATDatabasesThe UN agency curates data for 245 countries and 35 regional areas (since 1961), broken down by the following domains: Production; Prices; Emissions - Agriculture; ASTI R&D Indicators; Trade; Investment; Emissions - Land Use; Emergency Response; Food Balances; Inputs; Agri-environmental Indicators; Food Security; Population; Forestry. Datasets are downloadable and country-specific data is available here:
European UnionEuropean Data Portal: Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and foodDatasetsThe European Data Portal harvests the metadata of public sector information for European countries and generates over 11,000 datasets under the Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Food categories. A helpful guide on finding and using the data is provided here:
European CommissionAgriculture and Rural DevelopmentDatasets; InformationThe website provides official agricultural market sector statistics for Europe, analysis and statements. Policy areas include Direct support; Market measures Rural development; Agriculture and environment; Bioenergy; Climate change; Organic farming; Quality policy; Biotechnology; Forest resources; State aid; Research and innovation; Food and feed safety; Animal health and welfare; and Plant health. Eurostat also provides graphs and databases on Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Agri-environmental indicators:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)eChemPortal: The Global Portal to Information on Chemical SubstancesInformation; DatabaseThe OECD manages a database on chemicals (physical chemical properties, environmental fate and behaviour, ecotoxicity, toxicity) sourced from dozens of official national, regional and international data sources. The portal also provides links to scientific reports, opinions, statements and risk/exposure assessments on chemicals and pesticides in food and feed.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)Agriculture and Fisheries Data Datasets
The OECD provides data on multiple topics including Agricultural output, Agricultural policy, Fisheries and Sustainable agriculture. The Producer and Consumer Support Estimates database measures agricultural support indicators in numbers, allowing for comparison overtime and between countries and is available here:
The World BankAgriculture and Rural Development Data CatalogDatasets; Databases; Expert SourcesThe World Bank Agriculture & Rural Development page provides relevant statistics organized by World Development Indicators; Projects & Operations; Finances (including major contract awards). It also provides a link to 16 datasets that contain relevant information searchable by term and country. Expert sources listed here:
U.S. Department of AgricultureGlobal Agricultural Information NetworkDatasetsU.S. Foreign Service officers working at posts overseas collect and submit information on the agricultural situation in more than 130 countries to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, which maintains the Global Agricultural Information Network reports. The data, available from 1995, includes country-specific estimates on agricultural production, supply and distribution.
U.S. Department of AgricultureWorld Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB)DatasetsCurrent U.S. government data on World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) and reports by crop category: Coffee; Cotton; Dairy; Field Crops - Production; Fruits and Vegetables; Grains; Juice; Livestock; Oilseeds; Poultry; Sugar; Tree Nuts. Find data through a customized query or download datasets.
Asian Development BankAgriculture and Food Security Information; DatabasesThe Asian regional development bank provides official information, facts and figures on Agriculture and Food Security issues in Asia. The project database provides details on proposed and approved projects that pertain to agriculuture or food here: Macro-economic and social data searchable by country, subject and time series for developing member countries is available in the Statistical Database System:
Inter-American Development BankAgriculture and Rural DevelopmentInformation; DaabaseThe Latin America and Caribbean regional development bank provides information on agriculture and rural development projects funded by public and private sector loans and technical cooperation. Projects are broken down by country and subsector. Additional resources include the IDB Agrimonitor, a database that can be searched by country and indicator:; Fontagro, a regional fund for agricultural technology, which supports related research projects in the region:; IDB Agriculture and Food Security program, which focuses on modernization of services, market access, infrastructure investment and support payments:,1163.html,18336.html
African Development Bank GroupProject PortfolioDatabase; InformationThe African regional development bank's projects database is searchable by keywords, country, sector, status and finance source. Background papers on specific subjects availale here:
CGIARCGIAR ConsortiumInformation; Expert SourcesThe CGIAR is a consortium of 15 research centers that have the following program focuses: Agriculture for Nutrition and Health; Aquatic Agricultural Systems; Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); Dryland Cereals; Dryland Systems; Forests, Trees and Agroforestry; Grain Legumes; Humidtropics; Livestock and Fish; Policies, Institutions and Markets; Maize; Rice (GRiSP); Roots, Tubers and Bananas; Water, Land and Ecosystems
Wheat; and Genebanks. The What's New in Research tab provides the latest reports from the research centers, which may be useful for story leads. The centers, which may provide expert sources, are listed here: Main CGIAR expert sources are listed here:
Open Food Facts Products searchDatabaseOpen Food Facts is a public database of food products with ingredients, allergens, nutritional facts and other information found on product labels. The public contributes product images and info, so it's advisable to use the database for story leads while keeping in mind the information may not be vetted. A reporter can pull up a list of cocoa products sold in a particular country or products with ingredients that contain palm oil, for example.
World Health OrganizationFood Safety DatabasesDatabasesThis page provides access to databases including the WHO estimate of the global burden of foodborne diseases, chemicals and pesticides, food contamination and food consumption.
World Food ProgrammeOperations database
DatabasePart of the United Nations and voluntarily funded, WFP specializes in food assistance in and after emergency situations. The Operations Database allows searches by country and/or project type (Emergency; Protracted Relief and Recovery; Development; Special)
FIAN InternationalFIAN Information; SourcesThe international non-governmental advocacy organization conducts its own case studies to document right to food violations. Areas of focus include natural resources, land grabbing, agrofuels, climate change, peasants' rights, indigenous peoples; nutrition; gender; income and social security; monitoring and accountability; global governance; extraterritorial obligations; and justiciability. Regional offices are listed here: Country-specific reports are available here:
International Organization of Agricultural Economists IOAEInformation; SourcesThe worldwide membership organization provides links to international agricultural economics publications and regional/country-specific agricultural economics associations, which can be contacted for expert sources
The Ad Hoc Group of International Non-Governmental OrganizationsAHG of INGOsInformation; SourcesThe group provides a list of 30 civil society organizations that are current or former representatives to the FAO on right to food issues.

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