AGROVOC Multilingual agricultural thesaurus

Preamble : Disentangling Our Choices in the Semantic Web. 

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 35,000 concepts available in 29 languages (take a look at AGROVOC in SKOSMOS).

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 edited by VocBench tool.

Note that the version of AGROVOC loaded in SKOSMOS ( is always the latest release of AGROVOC LOD. If you would like all the data loaded in SKOSMOS (regarding AGROVOC) you can simply download the latest AGROVOC LOD from 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:"

AGROVOC is aligned with 18 other multilingual knowledge organization systems.

[*Read on: Linked Data and Linked Open Data : getting started]

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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