FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation

AFRICAN AGRICULTURE: THE NEXT 25 YEARS

The FAO bronze calendar medal for 1987, designed by the artist Ron Duppon, commemorates a report of 1986: “African agriculture: the next 25 years”.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

The FAO bronze calendar medal of 1994, by the artist S. Girlanda, is dedicated to sustainable agriculture and rural development.

FAO: SCIENCE FOR AGRICULTURE Archimedes

FAO issued a pair of medals honouring two of the greatest geniuses of all time, Archimedes and Leonardo da Vinci. The obverse of the medal dedicated to Archimedes, designed by Professor PIETRO GIAMPAOLI, while Professor SERGIO GIANDOMENICO designed the reverse featuring an extrapolation of the spiral and its use as a water-lifting device, one of Archimedes' greatest discoveries.


"YOU CANNOT BUILD PEACE ON EMPTY STOMACHS" – N. BORLAUG (1970)

This FAO bronze medal, by the artist Rubegni, is dedicated to the “Father” of the Green Revolution Dr Norman E. Borlaug (25 March 1914 – 12 September 2009), winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, to whom the phrase "You cannot build peace on empty stomachs" is attributed.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NUTRITION (1992)

The FAO bronze calendar medal for 1993 marks International Conference on Nutrition, held in December 1992. On the one of the medal sides there is an image of a young boy with a plate of food.

FAO: 70th ANNIVERSARY

Seventy years ago, when the Constitution of FAO was signed in Quebec City, 42 nations committed themselves to the creation of an Organization aimed at freeing humanity from hunger. On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, FAO wishes to celebrate with those who made this progress possible, with those without whom decreasing hunger in the world would have remained only a dream, with those without whom it will not be possible to eradicate hunger in our lifetimes. Achieving zero hunger, this is our next challenge.

 

The medal portrays a female figure bearing a basket brimming with ears of wheat. In the background lies a rural landscape. On its other side, the medal features a large cart being pulled by an ox - a universal symbol representing agricultural work through the ages.

 

THE ARTIST: Francesco Bombardi is an Italian sculptor. His work has been received praised by many renowned Italian contemporary critics.

His work is on display in public spaces, private collections and museums across Italy and also at the Vatican Museums.

50 YEARS OF FAO IN ITALY

For half a century, the blue flag of the United Nations has flown proudly over FAO headquarters, located at the historic crossroads of Viale delle Terme di Caracalla and Circo Massimo in Rome.

Rome became the site of the Organization's official headquarters in April 1951, at an inauguration attended by Ministers of Agriculture of 68 countries. There were compelling reasons to move FAO from its original location in Washington D.C. Apart from Italy's ideal position bridging west and east, for many years the Eternal City had hosted the International Institute of Agriculture, a groundbreaking organization devoted to international cooperation in agriculture.

 

The obverse of the medal, realized by the Italian artist Daniela Fusco, reproduces the sculpture of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, featuring "Ceres", Goddess of Agriculture. Representing FAO's building and famous monuments of ancient Rome, on the reverse Italian artist, Roberta Rubegni, celebrates 50 years of harmony and collaboration between Italy and FAO.

FOOD FOR ALL

The FAO bronze calendar medal for 1997, designed by the Italian artist R. Francesconi, is dedicated to “FOOD FOR ALL”.

FAO: SCIENCE FOR AGRICULTURE Leonardo Da Vinci

FAO has issued a pair of medals honouring two of the greatest geniuses of all time, Archimedes and Leonardo da Vinci.

The obverse of the medal dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, designed by Professor PIETRO GIAMPAOLI, bears the scientist's self-portrait. The reverse, designed by Professor SERGIO GIANDOMENICO, shows the plant, onithogallum umbellatum, which Leonardo studied extensively in order to understand the growth of plants and which led to our first understanding of photosynthesis.

PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES

The FAO bronze medal, designed by the Italian artist R. Francesconi, was issued to highlight planting of genetic resources. On the one side of the medal there is a picture of crops bounded by metal bands and on the other side a young boy blowing to the wheat.

THE SCREWWORM ERADICATION PROGRAMME IN NORTH AFRICA

If the New World Screwworm infestation detected in Libya in 1988 had spread into other areas of Africa it would quickly have become a major threat to livestock, wildlife and even human health. The continent would have been faced with livestock losses amounting to thousands of millions of dollars and on-going treatment and control costs of hundreds of millions more in the Americas.

The medal has been realized by the Italian artist Luciano Zanelli. On the obverse, the New World Screwworm and a ram heading a flock of sheep. On the reverse, an airplane is flying away after having launched boxes containing sterile flies, a Libyan boy is releasing these flies. On the background a shepherd is watching over his sheep.

THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT (1996)

The medal is dedicated to the World Food Summit that was held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 13 to 17 November 1996. The Summit brought together close to 10 000 participants and provided a forum for debate on one of the most important issues facing world leaders in the new millennium – the imperative of eradicating hunger.

It has also set the political, conceptual and technical blueprint for an ongoing effort to eradicate hunger in all countries with the target of reducing by half the number of undernourished people by no later than the year 2015.

WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: FIVE YEARS LATER

The World Food Summit: five years later medal commemorates the milestone meeting in Rome, from 10-13 June 2002, called to review the progress achieved since the historic 1996 World Food Summit, which pledged to reduce, by half the number of hungry people in the world by 2015.

Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of FAO (1994-2011) said, "We must raise both the political will and the financial resources to fight hunger. The international community has repeatedly declared that it is dedicated to the eradication of poverty. Eliminating hunger is a vital first step."

The medal has been realized by the Italian artist, Roberta Rubegni.