Definition: Food and Agriculture Organization

General concept

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger. 

Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. 

Since its founding in 1945, FAO has focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people. 

FAO's activities comprise four main areas: 1) putting information within reach; 2) sharing policy expertise; 3) providing a meeting place for nations; 4) bringing knowledge to the field.
Food and Agriculture Organization

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