AGROVOC Multilingual agricultural thesaurus AGROVOC Multilingual agricultural thesaurus

AGROVOC is a multilingual structured and controlled vocabulary designed to cover the terminology of all subject fields in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and related domains (e.g. environment). The AGROVOC Thesaurus was developed by FAO and the Commission of the European Communities in the early 1980s. Since then it has been updated continuously by FAO and local institutions in member countries. AGROVOC is mainly used for indexing and retrieving data in agricultural information systems both inside and outside FAO. Its main role is to standardize the indexing process in order to make searching simpler and more efficient, and to provide the user with the most relevant resources.


  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information
  • FAO, Main Library, Kasetsart University
  • Information Management and Strategic Planning Division of the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute
  • Gödöllo Agribusiness Centre
  • Agroinstitut Nitra
  • RDA
  • Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft e. V. (KTBL)
  • Biblioteca Storica Nazionale (MPAAF)
  • Centralna Biblioteka Rolnicza, Central Agricultural Library (CBR)
  • Iranian Research Institute for Scientific Information and Documentation (IRANDOC)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • Central Scientific Agricultural Library (CSAL), Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • MIMOS Berhad
  • Turkish National AGRIS/CARIS Center Department Of Education Printing And Publishing of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
  • The Republican Scientific Agricultural Library, State Agrarian University
  • Ukrainian Institute for Scientific,Technical and Economic Information

Tools that support its use

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


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