Sustainable Development Goals

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Good health starts with nutrition. Without regular and nutritious food, humans cannot live, learn, fend off diseases or lead productive lives.

Having established Codex Alimentarius with the World Health Organization in 1963, FAO works to strengthen the capacities of governments and the private sector to ensure food quality and safety. FAO prioritizes improvements in maternal health and promotes nutrition awareness among women and girls in an effort to break the vicious cycle that perpetuates poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

For FAO, health goes beyond human health to also include animal, plant and environmental health, a One Health approach. Healthy animals contribute to healthy people and to sustainable food production.  FAO promotes best practices aimed at making animal production efficient and sustainable while protecting public health and ensuring safe trade. A growing concern, FAO devotes attention to improving farm level hygiene and vaccinations to protect animals from sickness and treatments, curbing the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

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Fruit and vegetables for health initiative

Since 2003, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations have been leading the global initiative “Promotion of Fruit and Vegetables for Health” (PROFAV)[...]

Fighting the Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR)

Poor animal health causes a chain reaction of human misery. The goat disease known as PPR alone forces millions of families to leave their homes and land. [...]

World Food Day 2019

To mark World Food Day, an illustration of how changing diets can improve public health and the health of the planet [...]

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