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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Opening of the "Azerbaijani Room" took place at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome.
ISLAMABAD -- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has organized a two days consultative workshop on improving the agriculture extension services in Pakistan here.
The two-day workshop hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, and will be participated by officials from a number of countries and GCC, in addition to experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
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.
He was addressing the agriculture scientists and farmers on the eve of World Food Day function held at the Agricultural Research Institute Tarnab Farm Peshawar with the collaboration of World Food Organization and World Food and Agriculture Organization on Tuesday morning.
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 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, crop genetic resources are being lost on a global scale at the rate of one to two percent a year.
International funding agency members include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank Group.
The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) likely will become involved in worldwide efforts to increase organic food production, according to recommendations provided in advance of an FAO committee meeting scheduled later this month.
Worldwide, at least 1,500 of the roughly 5,000 domesticated livestock breeds "are now rare--represented by less than 20 breeding males on the planet or less than 1,000 breeding females," explains Keith Hammond, senior officer for Animal Genetic Resources with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.
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