For over 40 years legislation on food and agriculture was collected and disseminated by FAO through a publication called Food and Agricultural Legislation.

Since the advent of the digital in formation age, the FAO Legal Office has taken up the challenge to provide its user community with an accessible, more comprehensive and up-to-date legal information service through its online database - FAOLEX.

FAOLEX contains treaties, laws and regulations on food, agriculture and renewable natural resources from all over the world. Most of the material comes from the official gazettes sent by FAO's Member Nations pursuant to Article XI of the FAO Constitution, for the receipt of which FAO is indeed grateful. Upon receiving such material, the FAO Legal Office selects, indexes and summarizes in English, French or Spanish significant texts pertaining to FAO’s mandate, i.e. legislation on agriculture, livestock, environment gen., fisheries, food, forestry, land & soil, cultivated plants, water and wild species & ecosystems. Records are provided in either English, French or Spanish and the full text of the document is provided in the original language or in the language of communication used by the originating country.

Comments and feedback on the service provided are most welcome.