Food and Agriculture Organization


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Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO), specialized agency of the United Nations, established in 1945. Its headquarters is in Rome, and it has a number of regional, subregional, and liaison offices around the world. The organization is governed by a conference composed of the entire membership (191 nations plus the European Union and the Faeroe Islands), which meets at least once biennially, and by a council of 49 members. Each region is allocated a fixed number of seats, 33 of which are from Third World areas. It reports to the Economic and Social Council annually. Managed by a director-general, it carries out about one third of the programs of other UN development agencies. The objective of the FAO is to lead international efforts to defeat hunger, contributing to an expanding world economy by promoting sustainable rural development with emphasis on the poorest farmers, promoting food production and self-reliance, and raising nutrition levels. The FAO has no mandatory powers but seeks to accomplish its purposes by making investigations, publishing reports, and organizing conferences; it offers technical aid, improves seeds, develops serums and vaccines, and aids in increasing forestry yields. The program operations are conducted by standing committees, such as those on agriculture, fisheries, and world food security. Programs are implemented at the request of the host country.
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AGORA is a programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with major scientific publishers, Cornell University, Mann Library and the World Health Organization (WHO).
ISLAMABAD -- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a two-day consultative workshop on improving the agriculture extension services in Pakistan here on Thursday.
Morocco will be awarded a prize in June by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for having achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) two years ahead of the deadline, director general of FAO Jose Graziano da Silva announced on Wednesday in Meknes.
Muscat, Sept 22 (ONA) The ministerial meeting of the Near East, North Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Norway and Spain stressed the paramount importance of achieving world food security to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the central role played by the international treaty on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Summary: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Agriculture Ministry are jointly working together to help bolster food security policies in Lebanon.
OFFLU is the name of the network of avian influenza expertise inaugurated jointly in 2005 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Organisation for Animal Health, Achievements and constraints to date and plans for the future are described.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), much of women's work--whether it's planting and harvesting crops, collecting fuel wood, taking care of children or cooking food--is generally not counted in standard measures of a country's economic status, since most of it is not done for pay.
International funding agency members include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank Group.
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