May 18, 2018   •   News

An opportunity for a Bio-economy Specialist has arisen in the Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch (AGAL) of the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome. AGAL provides information services and carries out analysis in support of technical and policy interventions towards sustainable livestock sector, focussing on social, economic and environmental pillars.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise and support the implementation of FAO work on the sustainability of livestock production systems;
  • Develop a strong research base delivering fundamental knowledge on the reduction of waste streams and utilization of nutrients and biomass in the livestock systems;
  • Collect, research and analyses technical information for assessing the contribution of the livestock supply chains to the circular bio-economy;
  • Identify the opportunities and challenges to implement the circular bio-economy concept in livestock production systems, considering heterogeneity between supply chains and regions;
  • Evaluate the economic, social and environmental performance of livestock systems;
  • Understand the role of policy actions in promoting the bio-economy including the review of existing initiatives and policies that promote circular bio-economy for livestock sector and identify the role of different stakeholders;
  • Perform any other tasks as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Agricultural Economics or Agricultural Sciences with emphasis on animal science, agro-technology
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in research on circular economy, sustainable food systems, environmental and socioeconomic assessments of food systems
  • Working knowledge of English or French and limited knowledge of one of the other French or Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on 31 May 2018. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]

December 19, 2017   •   News

An opportunity has arisen for a ‘Technical Expert on soil carbon stock changes’ to work with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Italy for 12 months. The new deadline is 6 February 2018.

The successful candidate will support the implementation of LEAP guidelines on soil carbon stock changes in the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM) and its open version GLEAM-i. In particular the consultant will:

  • review the GLEAM modelling framework and database and identify data needs and gaps
  • identify most relevant data sources and revise existing datasets in view of LEAP guidelines and latest science for estimating soil organic carbon (SOC) stock changes in global grasslands and rangelands
  • work directly with the GIS modellers to improve the modelling framework to incorporate assessment of SOC stock change in global grasslands
  • lead the validation of model outputs, uncertainty analysis
  • translate the framework into the interactive and open version of the model GLEAM-i
  • oversee the proper documentation of the modelling approach
  • liaise with experts and other partners for the continuous improvement of potential additional information and parameters
  • provide feedback to LEAP TAG leaders
  • contribute to publications
  • any other duties as required

The key functions of the experts to support the road-testing and dissemination of LEAP products will be to:

  • provide technical support to organizations and stakeholders engaged in the road-testing of LEAP guidelines
  • prepare data collection sheets and preparatory technical material for road testing
  • conduct life cycle assessments and complementary environmental assessments according to LEAP guidelines
  • ensure that feedback from road-testers of LEAP guidelines is delivered in a structured manner
  • contribute to preparation of communication material on LEAP activities and products such as newsletter, articles, policy briefs and brochures
  • assist in revising the LEAP guidelines according to the feedback received from road testing
  • facilitate development of LEAP environmental assessment tools
  • assist in the organization of LEAP events
  • any other duties as required

Click here for more information and to apply

December 19, 2017   •   News

A Global Soil Organic Carbon Map has been released by the Intergovernmental Technical Panel of the Global Soil Partnership at this year’s World Soil Day, by our Partner the Food & Agriculture Organisation.

The map, based on data from 110 countries, is designed to provide users with information to help monitor soil condition, identify degraded areas, set restoration targets, explore SOC sequestration potentials, support greenhouse gas emission reporting under the UNFCCC, and make evidence-based decisions to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate.

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Preview the map

December 2, 2017   •   News

The Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch of the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO-AGAL) is currently looking for a candidate interested in contributing towards the development of its GLEAM (Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model).  The new developments will focus on improving the current model and expanding its scope.

The position is for a Senior Visiting Scientist for a period of one year (with possibility of extension) based at the FAO headquarters in Rome.

Read the position description

For more information, please contact Carolyn Opio: [email protected]

September 28, 2011   •   News

Large swathes of the world’s grasslands are moderately to severely degraded — restoring them to a healthy state could remove gigatonnes of carbon from the atmosphere and improve resilience to climate change.

The new methodology has been developed by FAO in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the World Agroforestry Centre. The collaboration has identified a more reliable and affordable way to measure how much carbon is being trapped in agricultural mitigation projects. Read the article