AGRIS: your link to the world’s agricultural information

AGRIS puts the world of agricultural research and information at your fingertips

Welcome to AGRIS, the service that connects you directly to a wealth of research and technical information on agriculture worldwide.

AGRIS is the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology providing access to bibliographic information on agricultural science and technology.

It offers more than 8,9 million links to information produced by more than 350 data providers (which include research centers, development programs, international and national organizations) from more than 140 countries.

Since 1975, AGRIS is maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to serve users from developed and developing countries through facilitating access to available knowledge in agriculture, science and technology.

AGRIS facilitates access to publications, journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and grey literature - including unpublished science and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers. Most AGRIS records are indexed by AGROVOC (the FAO multilingual Thesaurus) and this enables similar content to be retrieved through Google Scholar and to interlink with other related resources on the web.

While AGRIS is predominantly a bibliographic repository, if a link to the full text of the AGRIS resource is available online, this will accessible via the AGRIS portal. Currently about 1,8 million records have an access link to the full text.

On average, some 400,000 agricultural and research professionals worldwide access AGRIS resources each month.

How it works

Using AGRIS Portal

AGRIS search engine, is designed to help users locate the agricultural scientific and technological information and data they need. Since AGRIS is made up of bibliographic resources, searching through these leads the user to agriculture, science and technology information available worldwide. More than 1,8 million AGRIS records leads the user to the full-text access of the record on the web.

In this way, AGRIS facilitates access to information and data from journal articles, monographs, book chapters, books , and grey literature - including unpublished science and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers.

There are two search approaches that are available for users, (i) Simple search and (ii) Advanced search

Simple Search

The simple search is available via the AGRIS Search interface and is very easy to use. Simple type in your keyword, phrase or syntax in the search bar and click the search icon on the far right. In the result window to your left hand, you can apply various filters to narrow down your results.

Advanced Search

AGRIS also offers advanced search capabilities via the AGRIS Advanced search interface. Advanced search users can apply boolean search techniques, they can search specific content type, they can also browse records by AGRIS centres, and countries. There is also a possibility to perform multilingual searches.

For contributors

Do you wish to be part of the AGRIS network and make your collection available through the AGRIS Web site? You can contribute your bibliographic collection to the AGRIS database and be indexed by AGRIS.

The first step in your request is to check whether the bibliographic information you would like to share with AGRIS falls in one of the main AGRIS categories

In AGRIS you can contribute either as an institutional repository, this is a case of a collection of bibliographic metadata created within a university or a research institution or a journal, either as an aggregator (i.e. an organization gathering metadata collections from many different institutional repositories) AGRIS does not accept individual author contributions.

Submitting your metadata records to AGRIS

AGRIS receives metadata in various formats, the minimum elements being in AGRIS AP XML format or better.

Some common formats received include, Crossref, DOAJ (Custom), DOAJ, Endnote, MARC21, Mendeley, METS, MODS, PubMed,amongst the many formats. It is important to specify what metadata standard you are using when you are submitting records to AGRIS for the first time.

To send your metadata to AGRIS choose any of the following options:

  • Sending data by e-mail. In order to submit new data to AGRIS kindly send your data to, if you have larger files we encourage you to use any file transfer service and use as the contact e-mail. Once your data is received an acknowledgement e-mail will be sent to you.
  • Harvesting environment. If you want to contribute your records from a journal or institutional repository - with an OAI-PMH compliant Open Journal System or repository software, we would require access to your harvesting environment to harvest your metadata. Please could you send us the details of your OAI-PMH.
  • Creating metadata from scratch. In some cases some institutions can create metadata from scratch using a simple web form and save it locally with the objective of publishing bibliographic data in the AGRIS database.

Acceptable use policy



The AGRIS online service and its content are made available by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO and its AGRIS content providers make no warranty, express or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this content or its online services, nor represent that its use may not potentially infringe property rights. FAO makes no warranty that AGRIS online services and its content will be uninterrupted or error-free, nor that any defects will be corrected, nor that its online services or content will be free of viruses or other harmful components. FAO assumes no liability for possible damages or implications which occur by direct or indirect use of AGRIS services or content.