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Building sustainable food systems

See how FAO supports inclusive, efficient and sustainable food systems

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News
Horn of Africa: Swift aid for drought-affected farmers and herders needed to avoid a hunger crisis

In a region reeling from locust invasions and COVID-19, a third-consecutive year of poor rains poses a major threat to food security.

Feria harvests the “Queen of Oranges”
Story
Tunisia’s “Queen of Oranges”

Ensuring the quality of one of the country’s most sought-after oranges.

Sustainable energy is vital to lifting people out of poverty and hunger

United Nations agencies and their partners should work closer together to make agrifood production more sustainable and energy-efficient, FAO Director-General told a UN energy meeting.

Interactive story
Make healthy eating a habit

For children and adolescents, healthy diets are essential to grow and develop.

International year
Stories from the field

Meet the people working hard to ensure we have nutritious fruits and vegetables on our plates.

Publication
Making agrifood systems more resilient

The State of Food and Agriculture 2021 report offers a close-up look at how we can make agrifood systems more resilient to shocks and stresses and, in turn, provide affordable, healthy diets for all.

Director-General
Sustainable energy is vital to lifting people out of poverty and hunger

United Nations agencies and their partners should work closer together to make agrifood production more sustainable and energy-efficient, FAO Director-General told a UN energy meeting.

Voices of Impact

Agroecology for Sustainable Food Systems

Agroecology plays a key role to build a sustainable world and transform the way we produce, distribute, transport and consume our food, safeguard the environment and promote social protection.

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Videos
‘Kihamba’ – Chaga home gardens on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro

GIAHS recognizes the Kihambas of Mt. Kilimanjaro as unique agricultural sites, a nature-based solution that protects biodiversity and ensures food security in a changing climate. 


Green and Climate Resilient Agriculture

We are in a climate crisis. Our food security is threatened by rising temperatures, erratic rainfall and extreme weather events.

Podcasts

The rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the increasing failure of antibiotics and other life-saving drugs to treat diseases. It's a global problem that threatens to become the next pandemic.


At Kenya's Lake Turkana, aquatic resources are a lifeline for communities. Hear how one local entrepreneur has turned fish skins into fashion items to boost economic opportunities.

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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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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Share of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing value added in total GDP by region (USD 2015 prices)

2019 World

4.21%

2015 World

4.24%

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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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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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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