In focus

A sustainable and food secure world for all

Learn about the Four Betters at the heart of the FAO Strategic Framework

Highlights
Director-General
News
Gaza: FAO contributes to fighting malnutrition and starvation

From FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa


Story
No longer a minefield

Rehabilitating lands scarred by diamond mining to offer new livelihoods in Sierra Leone.

Bilateral meeting with President of the Republic of Mauritania

QU Dongyu reaffirmed FAO’s support to the President for his mandate as the Chairperson of the African Union

Interactive story
Expanding Africa’s Great Green Wall

An 8 000 km corridor of landscape restoration across the entire largest width of the continent.

Event
Resilient agrifood systems in Africa

This year’s Regional Conference for Africa will put a spotlight on the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031 and the four betters. Watch the conference via webcast.

In Focus
FAO response to global food security challenges

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

Publication
FAO and the Sustainable Development Goals

Achieving the 2030 Agenda through empowerment of local communities.

In Focus
Keeping watch to tackle locusts

Access forecasts and early warnings to help prevent the spread of Desert Locusts.

Data
Explore FAO’s global water data platform

AQUASTAT collects and analyses data from around the world to support the sustainable use of water.

Director-General
Bilateral meeting with President of the Republic of Mauritania

QU Dongyu reaffirmed FAO’s support to the President for his mandate as the Chairperson of the African Union

Voices of Impact

06/12/2023

In South Sudan, the livelihoods of Lilly and other smallholder farmers are hit hard by climate change. Lilly’s crops were destroyed by this year prolonged dry season. Watch the video and learn how with FAO support in excavating a pond to store water, providing a solar-powered water pump for i...

Video
Empowering women in agricultural statistics across Africa
12/04/2024

High-quality statistical training is equipping students in Africa with key skills for boosting agricultural development.

Podcast
08/04/2024

In this episode, FAO is distributing fodder to vulnerable families in Gaza to enhance food production to alleviate the catastrophic food security situation; FAO calls for urgent action to prevent the hunger crisis in Sudan from further escalating, and the Food Price Index, after seven months of decline, ticks up in March.

Data

Agriculture loss in total economic loss attributable to disasters across reporting countries, current USD (2005–2021)
Agricultural losses (current USD)
  • Other losses (current USD)
  • Number of reporting countries
  • Note: The figure refers to data for countries that report on both direct economic losses and agricultural losses in a given year.
    Source: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) Global Database. New York. [8 June 2023]. https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/dataportal/database

    2020 World

    31.2%

    2010 World

    31.5%

    In depth

    In Focus
    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.

    Publication
    Medium Term Plan and Programme of Work

    The Director-General’s Medium Term Plan (Reviewed) 2022-25 and Programme of Work and Budget 2024-25.

    In Focus
    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.

    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.

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

    sdg photo
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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.

    sdg photo
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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.

    sdg photo
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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.

    sdg photo
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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.

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

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

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

    sdg photo
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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.

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

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

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

    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.

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

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

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

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

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

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

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

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

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

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

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

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

    sdg photo
    sdg photo

    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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    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.