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Welcome to Database of the Week — a feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics.

This Week’s Featured Database: FAOSTAT, from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Link: www.lib.purdue.edu/mel, in the pull down Quick Access to Business Databases alpha list right below the Libraries’ search box.

Description/focus: FAOSTAT provides world data on food and agriculture production, prices, and trade.

Start with this hint: The FAOSTAT home page is a portal to datasets and databases that let you view canned charts or build customized spreadsheets and reports. For example, if you select the major topic Resources,  you are offered further options for Population or Investment, which includes Capital Stock and Machinery.  Other topics are Food Security, Prices, and others.  Click here to see the basics of searching FAOSTAT.

Why you should know this database: FAOSTAT supplies data on over 200 countries.  Data can be downloaded in CSV format. The FAO Statistical Yearbook can be downloaded in sections as PDFs.

How this database can be integrated into the curriculum: FAOSTAT databases let students compare the agriculture, food, and livestock production of a country to other countries as well as see changes in a country’s production across time.

Cost: $2,500.00 paid by the Libraries annually. For more information contact mdugan@purdue.edu.

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