Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Who we are

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was established in 1945 and leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts. FAO seeks to ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives. But we cannot do it alone. Ridding the world of food insecurity and malnutrition requires action at all levels of society, from farming communities to international organizations.

What we do

Our activities are driven by five Strategic Objectives representing the main areas of work on which FAO concentrate its efforts in striving to achieve its vision and global goals. FAO works through organization-wide Action Plans to address the issues and problems identified for each strategic objective, where we apply our Core Functions to achieve concrete results.

Our technical knowledge and expertise underpins everything we do while fully integrating gender and governance in the way we work. The five Strategic Objectives are:

  1. Help Eliminate Hunger, Food Insecurity and Malnutrition - We contribute to the eradication of hunger by facilitating policies and political commitments to support food security and by making sure that up-to-date information about hunger and nutrition challenges and solutions is available and accessible.
  2. Make Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries More Productive and Sustainable - We promote evidence-based policies and practices to support highly productive agricultural sectors (crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries), while ensuring that the natural resource base does not suffer in the process.
  3. Reduce Rural Poverty - We help the rural poor gain access to the resources and services they need – including rural employment and social protection – to forge a path out of poverty.
  4. Enable Inclusive and Efficient Agricultural and Food Systems - We help to build safe and efficient food systems that support smallholder agriculture and reduce poverty and hunger in rural areas.
  5. Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods from Disasters - We help countries to prepare for natural and human-caused disasters by reducing their risk and enhancing the resilience of their food and agricultural system

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