AGROVOC Multilingual agricultural thesaurus

Latest AGROVOC release : March 2015

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.

AGROVOC consists of over 32,000 concepts available in 23 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Malay, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Telugu, Thai, Turkish and Ukrainian.

You can use AGROVOC to look up the common name of a plant in a language that you do not master, or to find  relations between a commodity and the crop from which it is produced. Your library can use AGROVOC to index its documents, or you can use it from inside your content management system (e.g., Drupal) to organize your documents or web site. You can also use AGROVOC as an hub to access many other vocabularies available on the web. 

To date, AGROVOC is used by researchers, librarians and information managers for indexing, retrieving and organizing data in agricultural information systems and Web pages. Currently, AGROVOC is an SKOS-XL concept scheme and a Linked Open Data (LOD) set aligned with 16 other multilingual knowledge organization systems related to agriculture.

You may download AGROVOC, access its Web Services or SPARQL endpoint.

If you are an AGROVOC user, please check if you appear in the page AGROVOC uses. lf you would like to appear there, please let us know!  

AGROVOC is edited through VocBench, an open-source, Web-based collaborative editing tool for multilingual thesauri and RDF-SKOS resources.

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Relationship with other vocabularies

  • FAO Biotechnology Glossary
  • EUROVOC
  • GEMET
  • 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

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