The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working with the international community for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
These eight goals are based on the United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed by world leaders in September 2000. This Declaration brought together the major goals that emerged from international conferences and summits during the 1990s. The MDGs commit the international community to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.
FAO’s vision is of a world free of hunger and malnutrition for present and future generations, where agriculture contributes to improving the living standards of all in an environmentally sustainable way. The Organization is a world centre of food and agriculture information and knowledge, a forum for policy dialogue and forging agreements among nations, as well as advocacy and resource mobilization.
In keeping with its mandate and expertise, FAO’s main contribution is to Goal 1, which combines the reduction of poverty with that of hunger. The Organization also makes a significant contribution to Goal 7 of ensuring environmental sustainability. It directs resources towards achieving Goal 3 of promoting gender equality and empowering women and to Goal 8 for the global partnership for development. In addition, FAO’s work of reducing hunger and malnutrition has important indirect effects on goals covering primary education (Goal 2), child mortality (Goal 4), maternal health (Goal 5), and combating diseases (Goal 6).