FAO in North America

FAO in North America

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has deep roots in North America. The Organization was conceived of during a meeting in Hot Springs, Virginia in 1943 and its first headquarters was located in Washington, D.C. FAO shares with Canada and the United States a common vision of how to achieve a world without hunger and poverty. Both countries have been working closely with FAO since its inception more than 70 years ago.

FAO’s Liaison Office for North America works to support FAO policies and programs to end hunger and malnutrition worldwide through strategic partnerships in Canada and the United States. The Liaison Office provides a neutral platform for knowledge sharing on key areas including: food security and nutrition; food loss and waste; the One Health agenda; trade; gender; climate change; and resilience building.

Read more how the United States of America and FAO are partnering closely to enhance food security, protect global stability and promote trade.

Read more how Canada and FAO are working together to build resilience and women’s empowerment for food and nutrition security.


  • FAO and Duke University Partner to Strengthen Science-Policy Nexus for Sustainable Fisheries (9 October
  • Recipes from Turtle Island (13 October)
  • 2020 World Food Day Commemorative Ceremony (14 October)
  • World Food Prize Side Event | Building More Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems for Improved Global Food Security and Nutrition (15 October)
  • World Food Day Twitter Chat (16 October)
  • Smithsonian Food History Weekend | Rebuilding the Food System (16 October)
  • Commemorating 75 Years of FAO (22 October)
  • Food systems in the time of COVID-19: North American perspectives on how the FAO can contribute to greater resilience (23 October)