AGROVOC is a controlled vocabulary covering all areas of interest of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, including food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment etc. It is published by FAO and edited by a community of experts. It is widely used in specialized libraries as well as digital libraries and repositories to index content and for the purpose of text mining. It is also used as a specialized tagging resource for content organization by FAO and third-party stakeholders.

AGROVOC consists of +37,000 concepts and +750,000 terms in up to 37 languagesCurrently, AGROVOC is an SKOS-XL concept scheme, and a Linked Open Data (LOD) set edited by VocBenchAGROVOC is aligned with 18 other multilingual knowledge organization systems.

The latest version of AGROVOC 

How to Access AGROVOC

AGROVOC data can be accessed in different ways depending on the user needs:

  • ONLINE : SKOSMOS : Search & browse 
  • File for DOWNLOAD. Two distributions are provided: (a) CORE , which only includes AGROVOC concepts (RDF and NT format), and (b) Linked Open Data (LOD) which includes AGROVOC concepts + links to outside resources (NT and NQ format). 
  • Web Services: SOAP Web services, accessing the RDF version of AGROVOC through the SPARQL endpoint. For further technical information about the services, See Web services page. You also may want to look at the WSDL file for the AGROVOC Web Services.
  • Public SPARQL endpoint, served by Fuseki version 3.6.0
  • Various ways in which AGROVOC is served: HTTP Dereferenciation: all of AGROVOC URIs are served via HTTP on the Web (i.e. any URI in AGROVOC can be resolved on the web). The resolution of these URIs varies depending on the requested content: usually a web page for Web Browsers and RDF data (available in different formats) for linked data browsers. 

Note that the version of AGROVOC loaded in SKOSMOS is always the latest release of AGROVOC LOD. If you would like all the data, you can simply download the latest AGROVOC LOD from here. In SKOSMOS it is possible to download all the data associated to a specific concept, by first select the desired concept and then click on the wanted format near "Download this concept:"

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Copyright for AGROVOC content in FAO languages - English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese - is with FAO, while content in other languages rests with the institutions that authored it.

AGROVOC thesaurus content in English, Russian, French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese is licensed under the international Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY IGO 3.0).

The VoID specification ( provides a vocabulary for "Describing Linked Datasets". The void file of AGROVOC is located here:

Contact the AGROVOC team at [email protected]

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Relationship with other vocabularies

  • FAO Biotechnology Glossary
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
  • NAL Thesaurus Agriculture
  • RAMEAU Répertoire d'autorité-matière encyclopedique et alphabetique unifie
  • STW - Thesaurus for Economics Economy
  • TheSoz - Thesaurus for the Social Sciences Social sciences
  • Geopolical Ontology Geopolitical entities
  • Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
  • DBpedia SWD
  • GeoNames