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  2. 2. • Raise levels of nutrition and standards ofRaise levels of nutrition and standards of livingliving • Improve agricultural productivityImprove agricultural productivity • Better the conditionsBetter the conditions of rural populationsof rural populations • Contribute to theContribute to the expansion of theexpansion of the world’s economyworld’s economy FAO’s MandateFAO’s Mandate (founded in 1945--Quebec City)(founded in 1945--Quebec City)
  3. 3. FAO What it is, What it doesFAO What it is, What it does InformationInformation AdviceAdvice Neutral forumNeutral forum DevelopmentDevelopment AssistanceAssistance • FAO collects, analyses, interprets andFAO collects, analyses, interprets and disseminates informationdisseminates information • FAO provides independent advice onFAO provides independent advice on agricultural policy and planningagricultural policy and planning • FAO offers a neutral forum for discussionFAO offers a neutral forum for discussion and formulation of policy, negotiation ofand formulation of policy, negotiation of agreements and establishment of standardsagreements and establishment of standards • FAO provides practical help to developingFAO provides practical help to developing countries through technical assistancecountries through technical assistance
  4. 4.  FAO’s roleFAO’s role One of the FAO’s major roles is “ Putting information in reach” FAO highlights information as one of the priority areas in achieving agricultural development and food security How to reach information? Policy Makers Farmers Support Services Market Opportunities Knowledge Support Services
  5. 5.  Diffusion of InformationDiffusion of Information The FAO web site contains approximately 50,000 web pages, over 100 databases, and thousands of documents
  6. 6. PlatformPlatform
  7. 7. W A I C E N TW A I C E N T
  8. 8.  WAICENTWAICENT (World Agricultural Information Center)  For enhancement of access to timely and relevant technical information by FAO member nations and the general public  For encouragement of FAO Member Nations to utilize information as a key for development Objective Information is one of priority areas in achieving agricultural development and food security A corporate framework and platform for agricultural information management and dissemination What is WAICENT? Consolidating more than 40 separate databases under the umbrella of WAICENT
  9. 9. Statistical databasesStatistical databases
  10. 10. FAOSTATFAOSTAT (FAO Statistical Databases)(FAO Statistical Databases)
  11. 11.  FAOSTATFAOSTAT (FAO Statistical Databases) Following areas of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and nutrition Production Trade Food Balance Sheets Producer Prices Forestry Trade Flow Land Use and Irrigation Forest Products Fishery Products Population Codex Alimetarius Food Quality Control Fertlizers and Pesticides Agricultural Machinery Food Aid Shipments Exports by Destination Contents A multilingual online databases currently containing more than 1 million time-series records of international statistics for more than 210 countries in the areas of agricultures What is FAOSTAT?
  12. 12. Information Access ToolsInformation Access Tools
  13. 13. David Lubin Memorial LibraryDavid Lubin Memorial Library
  14. 14.  David Lubin Memorial LibraryDavid Lubin Memorial Library  Agriculture  Food and Nutrition  Rural Development  Plant Production and Protection  Animal Production and Health  Agricultural Machinery  Agro-industries  Agro-forestry, Forestry, Fisheries  Sustainable Development  Statistics  Agricultural Economics and  other related subjects Contents The library was established in Rome in 1952. it is considered one of the world's finest collections in food, agriculture and international development The On-Line site allows you to search its extensive catalogue and FAO databases, as well as providing links to both FAO and other institutional electronic journals and other sites of interest to FAO users. What is On-Line Library? Over one million volumes; the journal collection contains approximately 13,000 titles of which 1,450 are electronic. The heavily used working collection consists of FAO documentation, books and serials in FAO subject fields, a comprehensive reference collection and specialized Branch Library collections in Fisheries and Forestry Collections
  15. 15. Specialized InformationSpecialized Information SystemSystem
  16. 16. GIEWSGIEWS
  17. 17.  GIEWSGIEWS(Global Information and Early Warning System) Food Outlook Food crops and Shortages Africa Report Sahel Report Special Reports and Alerts Other Publications To keep the world food supply/demand situation under continuous review, issue reports on the world food situation (Food Outlook, Food Crops and Shortages, etc.), and provide early warnings of impending food crises in individual countries. Mission  Information Analysis (Crops monitoring/ national level and global level)  Report publication, Special Reports  and Alerts, etc)  Report dissemination (email, Facsimile)  Communications  Free access to databases and tools to allow viewers to develop their own information  Participation  Exchange information  supply up-dated information Means
  19. 19.  EMPRESEMPRES(Emergency Prevention System ) A special focus programme of FAO to help countries fight agricultural pests and diseases which migrate or spread across borders and cause major Losses and emergencies, leading to famines and trade restrictions. Emphasis is on early warning and early reaction. Initial priority 1. Animal Diseases 2. Desert Locust What is EMPRES?  Early Warning, identified as all disease initiatives  Lead to improved awareness and knowledge  Forecast further evolution of an outbreak  Effective implementation (e.g. Avian influenza, bovine spongiform encephalopathy) Mission
  21. 21.  Information about food insecure and vulnerable people is lacking in many countries.  At the International level, FIVIMS implements diverse activities in support of national information systems, for them to become part of an international information exchange network.  At the country level, FIVIMS works with a network of information systems that gather and analyze relevant national and subnational data that measure food insecurity and vulnerability. What is FIVIMS?  Raise awareness about food security issues;  Improve the quality of food security related data and analysis;  Facilitate integration of complementary information;  Promote better understanding of users' needs and better use of information;  Improve access to information through networking and sharing. Mission  FIVIMS (Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping Systems )
  22. 22. FAO Country Profiles andFAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information SystemMapping Information System
  23. 23. The system offers decision-makers around the world a fast and reliable way to access country-specific Information without the need to search individual databases and systems. What is this system? Brings together documents, statistical data, project details and maps from FAO's existing specialized country profiles which are listed below, as well as information from the Organization's Web pages and systems and those of its partners. Mission  FAO Country Profiles and MappingFAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information SystemInformation System  Aquastat Country Profiles  Biotechnology Country Profiles  BIODEC Biotechnologies in Developing Countries  Country Pasture/Forage Resource Profiles  FAO Projects in the country  FAO Terminology - Names of Countries  Fisheries Country Profiles  Forestry Country Profiles  Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS)  Information on Fisheries Management in the Country  Livestock Sector Briefs  METART ARTEMIS and AGROMET Data and Information  Nutrition Country Profiles  Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean - Information by country  Water and Food Security Country Profiles  Compendium of Food and Agriculture Indicators 2004 (PDF)  Directory of National Agricultural Research Institutions  EXPORTS - Commodities by Country  Food Balance Sheet of fish and fisheries products in live weight and fish contribution to protein supply (PDF)  IMPORTS - Commodities by Country  Major Food and Agricultural Commodities and Producers  Review of water resource statistics by country Links to other FAO Country Information Systems and Country Profiles
  24. 24. Publication, News, Photos,Publication, News, Photos, GraphicsGraphics
  25. 25. FAO Corporate DocumentFAO Corporate Document RepositoryRepository  An electronic library that holds FAO’s huge collection of publications and meeting documents in full-text, electronic format.  Since the initiative started in 1998, over 6 000 documents have been converted into HTML allowing users to download valuable agricultural formation from anywhere in the world, free of charge.  Several types of search facilities allow users to look for documents using a combination of search fields such as title, language, publication year and keywords.
  26. 26. FAOFAO Catalogue OnlineCatalogue Online  The FAO on-line catalogue (FAOBIB) is a multilingual, on-line catalogue of documents and publications produced by FAO since 1945, books added to the library collections since 1976, and serials held in the FAO library.  Full text links are provided for all documents that are available in the Corporate Document Repository. Requests for copies of FAO documents in print or microfiche (pre-1998) may be addressed to the library
  27. 27. FAOFAO Publications CataloguePublications Catalogue OnlineOnline  The FAO Sales Catalogue lists a wide selection of FAO publications and CD-ROMs in English, French and Spanish that are available to buy over the Internet, by mail, by fax or through official distributors.  The interactive catalogue covers a wide spectrum of FAO subjects including agriculture, genetics, plant production and protection, animal production and health, forestry, fisheries, land and water development, statistics, trade, biotechnology and food and nutrition.
  28. 28. FAO News RoomFAO News Room Providing Information related to media by text, audio, video, etc Online photo (access to photos related to FAO projects.) Access to Fact sheets in key subjects
  29. 29.  Nonformal rural education: transferring practical information & innovation and opening opportunities.  Multidisciplinary - combining educational methodologies, communication, and group techniques Agriculture Extension: FAO’s viewAgriculture Extension: FAO’s view
  30. 30. Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS)Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) What is SPFS? the SPFS is a core agriculture extension work implemented by FAO which is a multidisciplinary participatory programme with a strong emphasis on meeting people’s needs directly by raising farmer’s net income, generating rural employment, increasing social equity and promoting gender sensitivity In 2004, the SPFS has been implemented in 100 countries, Including 42 African countries
  31. 31. Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS)Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) Control water through small-scale projects to protect against vagaries of weather Boost small farmers’ crop, livestock and aquaculture productivity through intensification and diversification Identify and find measures to respond to socio-economic constraints on production, marketing and processing of agricultural products
  32. 32. Farmer Field Schools (FFS)Farmer Field Schools (FFS)  Participatory farmer training through experiential learning  Focused initially on integrated pest management (IPM)  Season-long series of weekly meetings where farmers identify problems and then design, carry out and interpret field experiments.  Learning combines local knowledge with scientific ecological approaches. Farmers of the IPM Farmer Field School, Sudan, are establishing tomato nurseries to grow healthy seedlings. After field practicals, Farmers are discussing new cultural practices demonstrated on the IPM field in the Farmer Field School in Sudan.
  33. 33. South-South CooperationSouth-South Cooperation  Advanced developing countries send field technicians and experts to specific recipient countries for up to two or three years, where they work directly with rural communities and farmers.  The number of experts required at any one time is determined on a case-by-case basis, assuring critical mass and site coverage in all regions of the country. Worldwide 28 countries are receiving help with over 1000 experts and technicians in the field. Vietnamese technicians in the fields with Senegalese farmers
  34. 34. Rural Radio/Rural CommunicationRural Radio/Rural Communication FAO has long supported rural radio initiatives: • Direct support for setting up/improving stations • Training rural radio workers • Supporting networking initiatives • Research & evaluation of content and impact Advent of low-cost FM transmitters has made rural radio more participatory. A retransmission at Radio St. Louis of broadcasts on environmental problems realized in collaboration with the regional forestry service and an FAO project A meeting between villagers and the team from the Communications and Information Unit of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  35. 35. Garden-Based Learning Programs (GBL)Garden-Based Learning Programs (GBL)  GBL provide pupils with environmental education, ecological literacy, agricultural literacy and agricultural education. Main Objectives 1. Giving knowledge and skills for better agricultural productivity 2. Making Science teaching more relevant and more effective 3. Giving environmental education a sustainable practical dimension 4. Influencing pupils’ attitudes, giving positive motivation towards agriculture and rural life 5. Spreading agricultural development at village level 6. Giving girls access to basic agricultural education as the future food producers 7. Improving pupils nutritional status by providing school meals 8. Attracting pupils to school with greater local relevance of subject matter and better teaching methods
  36. 36. The Growing Connection – Hands-on ExtensionThe Growing Connection – Hands-on Extension  Combines water-efficientCombines water-efficient vegetable production withvegetable production with modern communicationsmodern communications  At schools gardens in Ghana,At schools gardens in Ghana, Mexico and USAMexico and USA  Common growing and ITCommon growing and IT practicespractices  Rural communities gainRural communities gain access to local, nat’l & int’laccess to local, nat’l & int’l sources of information &sources of information & advice on food productionadvice on food production  Enhances household levelEnhances household level food security and income-food security and income- generationgeneration Website:
  37. 37.  ConclusionConclusion FAO provides information technology toolsFAO provides information technology tools to internationalize the work of extensionto internationalize the work of extension agents everywhereagents everywhere VisitVisit http://www.fao.org or contact:or contact: FAO Liaison Office for North AmericaFAO Liaison Office for North America 2175 K Street NW2175 K Street NW Washington, DC 20437Washington, DC 20437 Phone: 202-653-2400Phone: 202-653-2400