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Keeping our land, soil and water healthy

See how FAO promotes the sustainable management of these precious resources

Highlights
Director-General
Rome’s traditional Christmas lighting illuminates SDGs

FAO launches with its host “Let’s give the gift of a sustainable city”.

Finding greener, more climate-resilient ways of producing our food
Story
Finding greener, more climate-resilient ways of producing our food

Agriculture offers innovative solutions to the climate crisis… for the globe and its own survival!

FAO pledges upscaled support for better nutrition and healthy diets for all

FAO Director-General addresses Nutrition for Growth event and stresses the importance of advocacy and awareness-raising.

Landscape from the interactive State of Food and Agriculture 2020 report showing a freshwater river flowing through a city.
Interactive story
Our very existence depends on water

Freshwater is becoming increasingly scarce. Let’s look at how we can overcome water challenges in agriculture.

In Focus
A spotlight on health

From the power of pulses to the benefits of urban trees, these stories explore how we can boost our health and well-being.

Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity
Publication
Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity

A selection of publications showcasing the FAO’s work on fighting soil salinization and encouraging people to commit to improving soil health.

Director-General
FAO pledges upscaled support for better nutrition and healthy diets for all

FAO Director-General addresses Nutrition for Growth event and stresses the importance of advocacy and awareness-raising.

Voices of Impact

Solar Powered Water Pumps In Yemen

Yemen is predominantly a rural country, with close to 70 percent of its population living outside urban areas. Irrigated agriculture is the primary source of food, employment and economic activity.

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Videos
What does water mean to you?

World Water Day 2021 celebrates the different ways water benefits our lives, and explores how we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone. 


Predicting crisis is the future of aid

Predicting crises is the future of aid. FAO is helping to build that future by supporting communities that need it most.

Podcasts

Water means different things to different people, yet we all depend on water to survive. How can we safeguard it for everyone?


Colombia’s northernmost region, La Guajira, is prone to drought and food insecurity. The recent influx of migrants has put a strain on communities there. Hear how FAO is supporting social cohesion and boosting food production.

FAO and the SDGs

FAO supports governments and partners to design the right policies and programmes to end hunger, promote food security and promote sustainable agriculture for millions of people around the world.

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A world free from hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture contributes to improving the living standards of all

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FAO works with governments and partners to empower some of the world’s most marginalized people to end rural poverty.

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FAO helps ensure food security by developing ways of growing food that will work in the future so that millions of people don’t go hungry.

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Good health starts with nutrition. FAO sets global standards and works with governments and the private sector to ensure food quality and safety throughout the food chain.

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FAO invests in educational systems for rural communities and supports improved access to primary education and school meals in order to create equal opportunities for all and chances of lifelong learning.

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FAO supports gender equality in the agricultural sector in an effort to raise levels of nutrition in local communities and improve agricultural productivity.

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FAO works with governments to ensure water use in agriculture is made more efficient, equitable and environmentally friendly.

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FAO promotes the use of renewable energies and works to ensure access to modern energy services across the food chain.

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FAO seeks better economic opportunities for all by investing in sustainable agricultural practices and food systems that reduce inequalities and create decent jobs.

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FAO seeks to secure a future for rural communities via investments in transportation, irrigation, food storage facilities and communication technologies.

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FAO works with countries and partners to generate employment in rural areas, ensure access to natural resources for the most vulnerable and connect farmers to markets.

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FAO works to improve urban healthcare, water quality and rethink city region food systems to help deter the negative effects of sprawling urbanisation.

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FAO coordinates major global initiatives and projects to tackle food waste and loss, partnering with international organisations, the private sector and civil society.

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FAO supports countries in responding to the threats of climate change by providing advice, data and tools for better agricultural policies and practices.

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FAO, in partnership with governments and fishing communities, implements best practices in fisheries to ensure our oceans are protected as a means of livelihoods.

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FAO promotes sustainable approaches to natural resource management and supports endeavours that promote a balance between conservation and development initiatives.

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FAO plays a critical role in peacebuilding, restoring rural livelihoods, building resilience and participatory approaches to policymaking.

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FAO acts as a neutral policymaking forum and develops partnerships with all concerned with food and agriculture to ensure a world free from hunger.

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FAO supports governments and partners to design the right policies and programmes to end hunger, promote food security and promote sustainable agriculture for millions of people around the world.

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FAO works with governments and partners to empower some of the world’s most marginalized people to end rural poverty.

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FAO helps ensure food security by developing ways of growing food that will work in the future so that millions of people don’t go hungry.

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Good health starts with nutrition. FAO sets global standards and works with governments and the private sector to ensure food quality and safety throughout the food chain.

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FAO invests in educational systems for rural communities and supports improved access to primary education and school meals in order to create equal opportunities for all and chances of lifelong learning.

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FAO supports gender equality in the agricultural sector in an effort to raise levels of nutrition in local communities and improve agricultural productivity.

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FAO works with governments to ensure water use in agriculture is made more efficient, equitable and environmentally friendly.

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FAO promotes the use of renewable energies and works to ensure access to modern energy services across the food chain.

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FAO seeks better economic opportunities for all by investing in sustainable agricultural practices and food systems that reduce inequalities and create decent jobs.

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FAO seeks to secure a future for rural communities via investments in transportation, irrigation, food storage facilities and communication technologies.

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FAO works with countries and partners to generate employment in rural areas, ensure access to natural resources for the most vulnerable and connect farmers to markets.

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FAO works to improve urban healthcare, water quality and rethink city region food systems to help deter the negative effects of sprawling urbanisation.

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FAO coordinates major global initiatives and projects to tackle food waste and loss, partnering with international organisations, the private sector and civil society.

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FAO supports countries in responding to the threats of climate change by providing advice, data and tools for better agricultural policies and practices.

Tap for more
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FAO, in partnership with governments and fishing communities, implements best practices in fisheries to ensure our oceans are protected as a means of livelihoods.

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sdg photo
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FAO promotes sustainable approaches to natural resource management and supports endeavours that promote a balance between conservation and development initiatives.

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FAO plays a critical role in peacebuilding, restoring rural livelihoods, building resilience and participatory approaches to policymaking.

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FAO acts as a neutral policymaking forum and develops partnerships with all concerned with food and agriculture to ensure a world free from hunger.

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World exports of cereals by main commodities (million tonnes)

2019 Maize

183.75

2019 Wheat

179.52

2019 Rice

43.64

Source: FAOSTAT

Note: Percentages on the figure indicate the shares in the total; they may not tally due to rounding.

In depth

In Focus
Hand in Hand Initiative

Discover an evidence-based, country-led and country-owned initiative to accelerate agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development. 

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In Focus
FAO’s Strategic Framework

Articulating FAO's vision of a sustainable and food secure world for all, in the context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

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Statistics
FAOSTAT - Food and agriculture data

FAOSTAT provides free access to food and agriculture data for over 245 countries and territories and covers all FAO regional groupings from 1961 to the most recent year available.

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Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems