specialized agency of the United Nations he Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO’s goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.
More About FAO
- With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. In Quebec City, Canada, the first session of the newly created United Nations established the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a specialized UN agency. It’s headquarters is in Rome.
- The 1961 Freedom From Hunger Campaign is a milestone for FAO, in that it significantly contributed to turning the organization from a technical agency into a development organization. Launched with a five year mandate of raising global awareness about hunger, malnutrition and possible solutions to them, the Campaign is repeatedly extended until the early 1980s.
- In 1963, FAO and the UN General Assembly adopted parallel resolutions that established the World Food Programme to deliver urgent food aid in real time to affected areas.
- In 1979, The 20th session of the FAO Conference took the unanimous decision of observing World Food Day annually on the 16th October, in honour of the founding of FAO.
Objectives of FAO
- Help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition
- Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable
- Reduce rural poverty
- Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems
- Increase the resilience of livelihoods to disasters
Approach of FAO
- Working with countries to develop and implement agreements, codes of conduct and technical standards
- Collecting, analyzing and monitoring agricultural data and information to support policy decisions
- Enabling policy dialogue at global, regional and country levels
- Working in partnership with a wide range of institutions, including international and regional organizations, universities, governments, civil society and the private sector
- Building the capacity of countries to meet their agricultural development goals
- Capturing and sharing knowledge internally and with partners
- Communicating about the work