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Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Agriculture is feeding the world’s 7.3 billion people but at an unbearable social and environmental cost. One-third of the world’s land is degraded, up to 75 percent of crop genetic diversity has been lost and more than half of fish stocks are fully exploited. At the same time, about 800 million people are undernourished.

Building a common policy vision.

Agriculture is facing unprecedented pressures that require profound changes in our food and agriculture practices.
FAOs policy work supports and complements the expertise and resources of Member Countries to develop effective policies, incentives, legal and institutional frameworks, as well as protect rights, in order to make food systems and agriculture sustainable. 

FAO works through a wide variety of multi-stakeholder dialogues, treaties, alliances, partnerships and country-level pilots and programmes. FAO’s support to Member Countries will be essential to help countries measure, monitor and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Key policy messages

·        The poor suffer most from the degradation of vital agricultural and environmental resources.

·        The FAO vision for sustainable food and agriculture calls for a world in which food is nutritious, safe and accessible for everyone, where natural resources are managed sustainably, and where rural dwellers have decent livelihoods and contribute actively to economic development.

·       For several decades, FAO has been at the forefront of defining concepts and promoting international policies, strategies and programmes for sustainable development in food and agriculture.

·        It is critically important that all government ministries concerned with nutrition and agriculture coordinate and align their policies (e.g. economic planning, agriculture, trade, education, social affairs, health, energy and rural electrification, transport and the environment).

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