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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the world's largest and oldest specialised agency of the United Nations with approximately 3,400 employees.

It was founded in October 1945 in Quebec, Canada, and has been based in Rome since 1951. Currently, 194 states and the European Union (EU) are members of the FAO.

As a specialised UN organisation for food and agriculture, the FAO provides an important forum for the exchange of knowledge needed for the policy advice of member states and other UN agencies. The FAO thus plays a significant role in the provision of so-called "global public goods". The aim of the organisation is to fight hunger worldwide and improve the standard of living, especially for people in rural areas.

Along with the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the FAO is one of three UN's Rome-based agricultural and nutrition institutions. Visit website

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