CSD NGO Women's Caucus
Resources: Sustainable Agriculture
Libraries & Databases
The Gender Database contains descriptions of journal articles and book chapters on
gender, agriculture and rural development. Most concern the Netherlands, Western European
countries, or Third World countries. Literature which is important for analyzing the
position of women is also included, e.g., articles on feminist theory and methodology.
Articles are selected from 240 agricultural and social science journals, and a number of
book chapters are also included. At this moment the database contains approximately 6000
entries. The database is searchable online, and the articles and book chapters can be
ordered through the Worldwide Web.
The National Agricultural Library is the largest agricultural library in the world,
with more than 3.3 million items in its collection. It is part of the Agricultural
Research Service, chief research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"'Women' in Agriculture and Rural Life: An International Bibliography" (Special
Reference Brief 98-02) compiles citation from AGRICOLA, NAL's bibliographic database, and
include nearly 1,500 articles, books, videotapes, reports and other materials published
from January 1979 to March 1998. You can find the bibliography online, including
citations, call numbers and instructions for ordering documents, at http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/wia/women.htm
The ILO is one of the major UN Organizations promoting the rights of rural women, and
implementing research and projects. This site provides online access to the ILO Library's
bibliographical database on ILO publications since 1919. A search on the key term
"women" shows that there are over 4,000 citations in this database. The ILO
Library's collection is much larger, but online access to the full database is by
An on-line thesaurus sponsored by the OECD which includes key words relating to women,
and to the rural population. Useful for identifying search terms for internet and
The site is managed by the COADY International Institute. It offers a quite small (80
entries) but hopefully steadily growing database containing bibliographical entries and
abstracts on WID/GAD and gender and agriculture. http://xel.stfx.ca/Coady-library/agricul.htm
The KIT library provides you with one of the largest collections of scientific and
popular books and journals concerned with developing countries in the world. Prominent
topics are ethnic conflict, cultural and social anthropology, ecodevelopment,
biography/history, and gender. There is a special section for United Nations publications
(the UN Library), an extensive map collection (the Map Room), and a special collection of
popular publications (the Museum Library/Resources Centre).
Tailor-made bibliographies based on the TROPAG & RURAL CD-ROM and other
agricultural databases, with abstracts and full bibliographical details, can be ordered
from this website. The cost of a bibliography is Dfl 60.00, including 25 references. If
there are more than 25 references, an additional charge of Dfl 0.75 per reference is made.
For bibliographies based on searches using more than 10 search statements the price is Dfl
125.00, including 50 references. It is possible to have key articles and book chapters
selected by subject specialists, and delivered together with the bibliography, at the
standard document delivery rate. To use the Question & Answer Service, fill in the
online ordering form for information services.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a US Land Grant University with a strong women's
studies programme and numerous bibliographical resources in the field of women's studies.
Unfortunately they don't do any work specifically in the field of gender and
agriculture/rural development, but the online searchable library catalog contains more
than 2000 entries on rural women, and over 800 on women in agriculture.
FAOSTAT is an on-line and multilingual database hosted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, currently containing records covering international statistics in the following areas:
The FAOSTAT Statistical Database contains over 1 million time series records covering
over 210 countries and territories and 3,000 items.
The 4000-6000 abstracts published in the journal each year are also placed on the
TROPAG & RURAL bibliographic database, available on CD-ROM and on-line at http://www.library.ubc.ca/info/temp/tropag.htm,
published by SilverPlatter, contains some 115
000 abstracts from the international literature on tropical agriculture and rural
development from 1975 onwards. The database's traditional coverage comprised the
international literature on the cultivation of food and industrial crops, animal
husbandry, forage and pastures, and post-harvest technology. Its scope has gradually been
expanded to reflect growing international interest in farming systems, agroforestry and,
especially, in the environmental aspects of agriculture.