AGROVOC is a collaborative effort. We are always interested in expanding the coverage of AGROVOC and adding or revising translations and definitions of concepts. If you or your institution would like to contribute to AGROVOC on a regular basis, please write us at

The people and institutions responsible for the different language versions* and domains are shown below.

Languages Domains Institutions Contact
Arabic General FAO FAO
Chinese General FAO 
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
Dr. Meng Xianxue
Xian Guo Jian
Czech General Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information Dana Nehasilova
English General FAO FAO
Farsi (Persian) General Iranian Research Institute for Scientific Information and
Documentation (IRANDOC)
M. Noroozi Eghbali
French General FAO FAO
German General

Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft e. V. (KTBL)

Leibniz-Informationszentrum Lebenswissenschaften (ZB-MED)

Esther Mietzsch

Luciana Zedda

Georgian General TECHINFORMI Nelly Makhviladze
Hindi General Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) TV Prabhakar
Hungarian General Gödöllo Agribusiness Centre László Gábor Papócsi
Italian General Biblioteca Storica Nazionale (MPAAF) Massimo Ragucci
Japanese General FAO
Minoru Kawaguchi
Korean General RDA Kil Seob, Lee
Lao General National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) Bandith Ramangkhoun
Malaysian** General MIMOS Berhad Dickson Lukose
Moldavian** General The Republican Scientific Agricultural Library, State Agrarian University Viorica Lupu
Multilingual - en, fr, es, ar, zh Forestry FAO, Forestry Department Magnus Grylle
Multilingual - en, fr, es, ar, zh Good practices FAO, Good Practices website Kristin Kolshus
Multilingual - en, fr, es, zh Land governance Land Portal Foundation Laura Meggiolaro, Gérard Ciparisse
Multilingual - en, fr, es, ar Agricultural technologies and practices FAO, Technologies and Practices for Small Agricultural Producers (TECA)

Charlotte Lietaer 
Nedaa Amraish

Polish General Centralna Biblioteka Rolnicza, Central Agricultural Library (AgroWeb Poland) Irena Walczak-Koperska
Portuguese General FAO
Ministério da Agricultura, Desenvolvimento Rural e das Pescas
Manuela Pintão
Russian General Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Central Scientific Agricultural Library (CSAL) Lidia Pirumova
Slovak General Agroinstitut Nitra Mária Debrecéniová
Spanish General FAO FAO
Telugu** General International Crops research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Lavanya Kiran
Thai General

Thai National AGRIS Center
Kasetsart University, main library
See also:

Aree Thunkijjanukij
Turkish General Turkish National AGRIS/CARIS Center
Department Of Education Printing And Publishing
of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
Yasemin Cevik
Ukrainian (Under construction) General Ukrainian Institute for Scientific,Technical and Economic Information Tatiana Deribon

*For some languages, assistance in translation of AGROVOC terms was kindly provided by Translated S.r.l.
** Language versions in progress

Support material for editors

AGROVOC users are guided through the decision-making process of enriching AGROVOC with terms and concepts. Note that this is a first draft, a number of topics are currently under discussion and will be included in the next version of the guidelines.

The manual covers editorial operations typically performed by VocBench Editors, Validators and Publishers. Note that in the meantime version 2.3 has been released and a new version 2.4 is about to be released. Further information for users will be gathered around the main documentation page of the official VB site.

The AGROVOC team

The AGROVOC team facilitates the technical maintenance of AGROVOC, including its publication as a Linked Data resource, and coordinates all editorial activities. Core people of the AGROVOC team are:

Caterina Caracciolo (coordination, data management - FAO HQ)
Sarah Dister (communication, editorial support - FAO HQ)
Karna Wegner (communication, editorial support - FAO HQ)
Marie-Angelique Laporte (content - France)
Sachit Rajbhandari (software development, data management - Thailand)
Armando Stellato (VocBench development coordinator - University of Tor Vergata, Italy)
Andrea Turbati (data management - University of Tor Vergata, Italy)

Technical support

The University of Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy) leads the technical development of VocBench, the editing tool used by AGROVOC. MIMOS Berhad (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) hosts some of the technical infrastructure for the online publication of AGROVOC.