Agriculture Data (General)

The main source of agricultural, forestry and fisheries data is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The World Resources Institute provides data in its data base and the World Bank also provides limited agricultural data online.

FAO -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides data on a wide range of agricultural topics. There is one main data base --FAOSTAT which is available at This database allows users to build their own tables which can be downloaded into spreadsheet format, either as tables or pivot tables.  There is also a "Bulk Downloads" option on the right of the page. Note that most of the bulk downloads are formatted as "pivot" tables with "Years" in the columns. There is also an option for "All Data Normalized" which often has too many records to be loaded into a spreadsheet. Note that the FAO country name spellings and country codes are not consistent with the UN standard. For further information on using FAOSTAT data click here.There are a number of other FAO data sources spread across the website. These data sources do not have standard interfaces, some are downloadable pdf files, others provide analysis on line and some can be downloaded as spreadsheets. They are not always easy to find-- links to all of the data sources are available at, but they are often not evident. In addition, data sources by specific subject matter are linked to in a list below this main section. 

World Bank -- The World Bank provides agricultural data in time series on its World Development Indicators data base. You can get the data for the latest year for a single country from links on .

United Nations -- Data on the agricultural indicators related to the Millennium Development Goals is available at

FEWSNET-- FEWS NET provides country-level shapefiles of Livelihood zones for some 35 countries and regional Food Insecurity Mapping shapefiles (three or four times a year). It also provides data on food price levels, rainfall and other data at regular intervals. The shapefiles are available at .This page includes links to other data.

Gapminder -- Gapminder is an innovative data presentation web site which provides dynamic views of data changes over time using bubble graphs. Graphs are available for economic, population, health (including HIV/AIDS), environmental, agricultural and information technology data. Raw data can be downloaded from the site and a desktop version of the software is available free. Users can customize graphs using existing data, but cannot add new data. Much of the data used is from the World Bank and UN organizations. Gapminder is at .

Food Aid

WFP-- The Food AID Information System (FAIS) makes extensive data available on world food aid. FAIS is at .

Animal Nutrition

FAO--Data on the nutritional composition of animal feeds is available at


FAO--Links to publications with fisheries data are at

Food and Nutrition

For food and nutrition links in this web site click here.

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