Research4Life integrates FAO’s AGROVOC as a “reference source” in the AGORA collection


Research4Life recently integrated the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s AGROVOC as a “reference source” in the AGORA collection. This development allows Research4Life and AGORA users to access AGROVOCs through the AGORA content portal.

AGROVOC is a multilingual and controlled vocabulary that covers concepts and terminology under FAO's areas of interest. It is a structured collection of concepts, terms, definitions and relationships. These concepts can represent anything related to food and agriculture, spanning from specific terms like "maize" to broader concepts like "hunger," "aquaculture," "value chains," or "forestry."  AGROVOC plays a crucial role in providing unambiguous identification of resources, standardising indexing processes, and enhancing the efficiency of search functions. Additionally, each concept in AGROVOC is associated with terms used to express it in multiple languages, known as lexicalisations. Currently, AGROVOC  has over 41 000 concepts and  994 000 terms available in up to 42 languages.

To access AGROVOC, Research4Life and AGORA users should go  to the AGORA or Research4life content portals. Following this, users can navigate to the "content" tab located in the top right-hand corner of the homepage. From there, they can proceed to the "reference sources" section and select AGROVOC for access.  It is important to note that AGROVOC is an open resource, and both registered and non-registered users can access it, whether they are logged in or not. This accessibility provides a broader reach for users interested in utilising AGROVOC for their research and information needs.

Interested users from registered and non registered  institutions can access AGROVOC  from the  AGORA content portal here:

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