Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jun 14, 2022, 10:03

The Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] was an initiative by the United Nations to eliminate hunger and hunger-related problems, ensuring food security across the globe.

The United Nations founded this agency on October 16th, 1945. The day of its foundation, that is, October 16th is internationally commemorated as "World Food Day".

Objectives of Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO]

  1. Assists in the fight against poverty, food insecurity, and undernutrition.
  2. Improves the food productivity and sustainability of farming, forests, and aquaculture.
  3. Reduces widespread poverty in rural areas.
  4. Ensures that agriculture and food systems are both accessible and productive.

The Role of Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO]

The agency is based in Rome, Italy, and possesses thousands of branches worldwide to work towards the goal of acquiring food security for all. The World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are two descendant bodies of the FAO, relentlessly working towards pursuing the goal of international betterment of the food and agricultural sectors.

The Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] has 197 members who take an active part in holding biannual conferences to communicate about the betterment of food security. This United Nations body has a governing body that is regulated by the initiatives of an executive arm, known as the FAO Council.

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Member Nations of Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO]

The FAO has 194 member nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union.

The FAO releases significant "State of the World" reports that enlighten us on the conditions of different sources, including food, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, etc.

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The Latest Updates Regarding the Food and Agriculture Organization

As per the latest updates on the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), this United Nations body has been able to achieve great success in pulse production worldwide.

The United Nations has declared February 10th each year as "World Pulse Day" to commemorate the success and potential of FAO. India has been an active member of the FAO and has come a long way, receiving constant support and upliftment from the FAO. So, to memorialise this long relationship commitment, India released a commemorative coin of INR 75 on FAO's 75th birthday on October 16, 2020.

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare of India addressed the 42nd session of the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Conference on June 21, 2021, by sanctioning a new strategic approach to alter the food and agricultural production system, elevating quality as well as quantity. The newly framed strategic initiatives would aid in addressing the wider issues of hunger, poverty, and food insecurity across the country.

It can be concluded that the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is relentlessly working to make the world a better place by providing efforts to ensure food security.

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FAQs on Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO]

Q1. What does the Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] aim for?

The Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] is a United Nations body devoted to working on eradicating hunger worldwide. The FAO is continuously coordinating international efforts to ensure food security across the globe. The main goal is to help people achieve quality food in the required quantity, ensuring healthy living.

Q2. When did India join the Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO]?

India joined the Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] in the year 1945 as a very poor country, which was not only an income deficit country but also had the issue of inaccessibility to quality food. After years of perseverance in dealing with challenges, India has been able to produce its own staple food for its people, along with exporting food and earning foreign exchange.

Q3. What is the role of the Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] in elevating India's food security?

The Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] acts as a catalyst to promote governmental initiatives to ensure food security in India. The FAO also takes comprehensive approaches in India to uplift the agricultural system, assuring nutritional food production in ample amounts. This organisation also puts effort into spreading nutrition education to educate people about the right food consumption.

Q4. How many member nations are part of the Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO]?

FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union that maintains the functionality of the Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO].