Food and Agricultural Organization
Purpose: The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations.
Date of Origin: October, 1945
Original Membership: 44 countries
Current Membership: 174 countries
Director-General: Jacques Diouf
Staff: 1,500 people
Working to alleviate poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, and improved nutrition
Active in land and water development, plant and animal production, forestry, fisheries, economic and social policy, investment, nutrition, food standards and commodities and trade
FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) monitors the crop and food outlook at global and national levels to detect emerging food shortages and assess possible emergency food requirements
Location: Rome, Italy.
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