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Safeguarding plant genetic diversity

How an international treaty aims to conserve plant genetic resources

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FAO response to global food security challenges

Data analyses, policy recommendations, and actions on the ground.

News
Food crisis tightens its grip on 19 ‘hunger hotspots’ as famine looms in the Horn of Africa – new report

Rising conflict, weather extremes, and economic instability aggravated by the lingering impacts of COVID-19 and the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine are among the key drivers.

From data to drops: Optimizing water use is key for agrifood systems

FAO Director-General addresses water conference on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

Event
Join the World Food Forum 2022

This year the World Food Forum's (WFF) flagship event will comprise the Global Youth Forum for Food and Agriculture, the Science and Innovation Forum and the Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum. Register now to attend.

Campaigns
World Food Day calls for action to 'Leave no one behind'

A sustainable world is one where everyone counts.

Story
Working in harmony with the environment

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems preserve the biodiversity in their midst.
 

Director-General
From data to drops: Optimizing water use is key for agrifood systems

FAO Director-General addresses water conference on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

Voices of Impact

Hayad’s Story: How FAO is Helping Puntland Pastoralists Towards a Sustainable Future

In Somalia, after four failed rainy seasons in a row, livestock owners and rural families are facing famine and extreme hunger. See how FAO is assisting pastoralists in keeping their animals alive.

Videos
A taste of Banatka

In the Benefit-fund sharing Project of the International Plant Treaty in Serbia and Bulgaria, locally adapted crop varieties collected were shared with farmers to diversify their production and increase farmers' climate resilience. 


Together we can create a world where no one is left behind

Building a sustainable future is like a recipe, and our actions are the ingredients. 

Podcasts

In the Greater Karamoja Cluster, competition over natural resources has led to cattle raids and violent conflicts in recent decades. Now, peace in the region is contributing to more sustainable and resilient food systems. 


In Venezuela, the vast tropical forest of Imataca Reserve is home to thousands of species. Decades of illegal logging and mining, however, have led to deforestation and loss of wildlife. The Karina Indigenous People living in the forest are working hard to change this.

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 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.

Tap for more
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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.

Tap for more
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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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Between 702 and 828 million people in the world faced hunger in 2021

Prevalence of undernourishment (percentage, left axis)

Number of undernourished (millions, right axis)

NOTES: * Projected values for 2021 in the figure are illustrated by dotted lines. Shaded areas show lower and upper bounds of the estimated range.

Source: FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. 2022. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022. Repurposing food and agricultural policies to make healthy diets more affordable. Data are available on FAOSTAT (https://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#data/FS)

2020 World

31.2%

2010 World

31.5%

In depth

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Annual funding overview

Thanks to continued trust and growing financial support from our Resource Partners, FAO is working to create a world without hunger or poverty.

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Programme Implementation Report 2020-21

In an exceptionally challenging biennium, see how FAO rose to the challenge, implementing a global, holistic and multipronged strategy to support Members.

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FAO Data Lab

The FAO Data Lab for Statistical Innovation modernizes the statistical business process, with a specific focus on emergency contexts, when having access to timely information is very important.

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Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.