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The Committee on Agriculture (COAG) is one of FAO’s Governing Bodies providing overall policy and regulatory guidance on issues relating to agriculture, livestock, food safety, nutrition, rural development and natural resource management.

Established in 1971, the Committee has over 100 Member Nations and generally meets every two years, but may hold additional sessions if needed.


COAG 24 - Rome, 29 September - 3 October 2014

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At its 24th session, the Committee on Agriculture discussed a wide range of issues, including family farming, sustainable agriculture, food safety, governance, investment monitoring, sustainable livestock production, the global soil partnership and agricultural heritage systems.

The Committee also discussed its future programme and upcoming issues.

COAG: Driving FAO’s agricultural agenda

Published by the Committee on Agriculture, the booklet Driving FAO’s agricultural agenda charts COAG’s influence and accomplishments since its inception in 1971. The overview contains examples of how COAG guided FAO to give more emphasis to among other things: food standards, the seed sector and sustainable agriculture including livestock. Also covered are COAG’s impact on the Organization’s strategic direction.