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FAQ
What is a FAO Food Balance Sheet?
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome has for many years collected statistical data on the production, trade and utilization of agricultural commodities for all countries worldwide. These database is used (among other things) to set up so-called Food Balance Sheets (previously called: Supply-Utilization-Accounts), which provide essential information on a country's food system. They provide a complete balance for all agricultural commodities (including food crops) split-up into the following sections:
The first section deals with domestic supply of the various commodities, that is production, imports, stock changes and exports.
The second section deals with domestic utilization, which includes use of the commodity for feed, seed, processing, waste, other uses, and food.
The third section provides per-capita values for the supply of all commodities (in kg per person per year). This sections also includes corresponding values for the calories, protein and fat content.
For a detailed description see the in-depth section. 
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Revision 2.0 (First revision published in 1999)  - Copyright 2011 by Gerhard K. Heilig. All rights reserved. (First revision: Copyright 1999 by IIASA.)