Food and Agriculture Organization

Type of Structure: organisation / agency
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: UN
Child Organisations: GTOS, WASWC
No more in operation: IAASTD, IGOS
Duration : 1945 to present
Contact Address: FAO Secretariat

General information and objectives

  • to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living,

  • to improve agricultural productivity,

  • to better the condition of rural populations.

    Today, FAO is the largest autonomous agency within the United Nations system with 174 Member Nations plus Puerto Rico (Associate Member) and the EC (Member Organization) and more than 1 500 professional staff. The Organization's 1996-97 biennial budget is set at $650 million and FAO-assisted projects attract more than $3 000 million per year from donor agencies and governments for investment in agricultural and rural development projects.

    Since its inception, FAO has worked to alleviate poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, improved nutrition and the pursuit of food security - the access of all people at all times to the food they need for an active and healt hy life. The Organization offers direct development assistance, collects, analyses and disseminates information, provides policy and planning advice to governments and acts as an international forum for debate on food and agriculture issues.

    FAO is active in land and water development, plant and animal production, forestry, fisheries, economic and social policy, investment, nutrition, food standards and commodities and trade. It also plays a major role in dealing with food and agri cultural emergencies.

    A specific priority of the Organization is encouraging sustainable agriculture and rural development, a long-term strategy for the conservation and management of natural resources. It aims to meet the needs of both present and future generations through programmes that do not degrade the environment and are technically appropriate, economically viable and socially acceptable.

    For further details, link to the FAO Home Page

    Last update: 4/27/22
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2023)

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