Food and Fertilizer Technology Center - LINKS


The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and more than 1,000 staff. 

Healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods through greater diversity in what we grow and eat

The World Vegetable Center conducts research, builds networks, and carries out training and promotion activities to raise awareness of the role of vegetables for improved health and global poverty alleviation.

Vegetables can alleviate poverty by creating new jobs and new sources of income for farmers and landless laborers, improve health by providing essential micronutrients lacking in diets, enhance learning and working capacities of adults and children through improved diets and health, and improve the sustainability of food production practices by diversifying cropping systems. The Center’s research and development work focuses on breeding improved vegetable lines, developing and promoting safe production practices, reducing postharvest losses, and improving the nutritional value of vegetables.

The Asia Rice Foundation, based in the Philippines, is a regional non-profit organization that aims to promote public awareness of the role of rice in the diverse cultures of Asia, and ensure that farmers can produce enough rice to feed Asia's growing population while preserving the environment. The website has a wealth of information about rice. It describes the world of the rice farmer, the history of rice and its importance in Asian history and society. The website also includes many rice-based recipes.

The Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES) for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases was established by FAO in order to minimize the risk of such emergencies developing. It discusses new outbreaks of infectious livestock diseases, including foot-and-Mouth, as well as outbreaks of locusts.

This rich information resource has more than 80 free publications on agriculture, mainly in PDF format. Some are published by FAO itself, others are published by GTZ, IITA, etc. . It is particularly strong in publications related to postharvest, including grain storage, but there are many other interesting topics as well.

The Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) supports countries in the transition to sustainable crop production systems.

AGP works with countries and a broad range of partners in developing and promoting agro-ecological approaches to sustainable crop production that build on ecosystem services while enhancing and protecting the underlying natural resource base.

This is a database of weeds in more than 40 countries, including Vietnam, Korea and India. The database provides a description and color photo of each weed, as a guide to identification. There is a link to a Directory of weed control scientists in developing countries. Weed scientists visiting the site can add their own names to the directory.

The International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds is a collaborative effort between weed scientists in over 80 countries.  Our main aim is to maintain scientific accuracy in the reporting of herbicide resistant weeds globally.  This collaborative effort is supported by government, academic, and industry weed scientists worldwide.  This project is funded by the Global Herbicide Resistance Action Committee and CropLife International.

CIAT, based in Colombia, is a member of the CGIAR group. It is dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty and preserving natural resources in developing countries. There is a detailed article about beans and a description of CIAT's bean programs, and also information on cassava and tropical forages. The publications section includes the full text (HTML file) of the latest issue of "CIAT in Perspective", and articles from the twice-yearly periodical "Growing Affinities". There are also recent news releases, including information on CD-ROM for rural communities

The International Potato Center (known as CIP from its name in Spanish) is based in Peru, South America, the original home of the potato. CIP seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security in developing countries through scientific research on potato, sweetpotato, and other root and tuber crops. The website describes the programs and activities of CIP. It has a list of publications related to potato, sweet potato etc, including postharvest. Most of these are citations only, but some are linked to the full text. There is also a list of training materials such as videos and manuals, and the full text of the CIP Annual Report.


SFI is a solutions-oriented sustainability organization that collaborates on forest-based conservation and community initiatives that demonstrate and enhance our shared quality of life while providing supply chain assurances through standards, data, and authentic stories.


ICLARM (the World Fish Center) has a library database with a large number of references to published articles on fish and other aquatic resources in the ICLARM library holdings (though not the articles themselves). The abstracts of articles published in NAGA, the quarterly Newsletter of ICLARM, are also available, and the full text of recent issues.

ICLARM (the World Fish Center) has a library database with a large number of references to published articles on fish and other aquatic resources in the ICLARM library holdings (though not the articles themselves). The abstracts of articles published in NAGA, the quarterly Newsletter of ICLARM, are also available, and the full text of recent issues.


This section of the very large FAO website is a database with photos and descriptions of different kinds of livestock feeds. It can be searched by common name, Latin name or feed category.

This is the livestock section of the very large FAO website. It is rich in information about livestock feeds, animal health, genetic resources etc.

This organization is also known as the Organisation Mondiale de la Santé Animale (OIE). The web site is an excellent source of information about the current status of major infectious diseases of animals. It lists outbreaks of Foot and Mouth disease in Asia and other parts of the world, including monthly incidence, with both tables and maps. The website also contains information about other outbreaks of infectious diseases of livestock, listed by country and by disease. Information includes the diagnosis of symptoms, epidemiology, prevention and control, and references to further information. Note: Click on the word “Welcome” for English language pages.

Soils, fertilizers and Water

This Center is a member of the CGIAR group. The website has more than 100 free publications on irrigation an water management (as HTML files), some published by IWMI itself and others written by IWMI staff and published in international journals. The IWMI library database contains the contents pages of major international scientific journals related to water management. It can also search a number of international water, engineering and agricultural databases in USA and various European countries. The website also has useful software which can be downloaded, including hydrological modelling software that helps track and measure the water resource in a river basin, and global information on water and moisture availability.

This is part of the huge FAO web site. It gives access to the regional and national reports compiled by FAO, and also to global information resources on land, water and plant nutrition.


The Asian Productivity Organization was founded in 1961 to help promote improved productivity in Asia and the Pacific. As well as agriculture, its mandate covers industry and services. It has offices in each of 18 member countries. Its website describes the programs in these countries. The section on agriculture describes its work related to policies, resources and technology, and agricultural support systems.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) brings together mountain scientists and farmers in the Himalayas/ Hindu Cush region, the home of 140 million people in eight countries. Website resources include a detailed introduction to the mountainous region served by the Centre, and the major causes of poverty and land degradation. The website also gives a detailed description of more than 20 technologies for mountain areas, including energy-related technologies and practices that are specifically suited to mountain conditions.

The Global Invasive Species Database publishes a list "100 of the World's Worst Invasive Species". These include insects and weeds. However, many of them are non-agricultural pests.

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