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 servicethrough its online database - .
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.