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AGROVOC is a multilingual and controlled vocabulary designed to cover concepts and terminology under FAO's areas of interest. It is the largest Linked Open Data set about agriculture available for public use and its greatest impact is through providing the access and visibility of data across domains and languages.

It offers a structured collection of agricultural concepts, terms, definitions and relationships which are used to unambiguously identify resources, allowing standardized indexing processes and making searches more efficient. The thesaurus is hierarchically organized under 25 top concepts.

AGROVOC uses semantic web technologies, linking to other multilingual knowledge organization systems and building bridges between datasets. AGROVOC is edited using VocBench 3, a web-based vocabulary management tool.

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The designations employed and the presentation of material in this information product do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) concerning the legal or development status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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AGROVOC data can be accessed in different ways depending on the user's needs. If a user wants to browse AGROVOC, search for concepts or terms, or look at the structure, the web browsing interface is the best option. If the user wants to use content of AGROVOC, extract parts of it, or embed it in applications, then the best choice is to download it or to use one of the programmable interfaces, like the SPARQL endpoint, the REST API or the SOAP web services.


If you are interested in general information in AGROVOC, please join the AGROVOC Dgroup (there is a separate AGROVOC Editors Dgroup).


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). If you need further assistance or have any questions related, please contact

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