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News
Afghanistan: FAO welcomes $65 million contribution from Asian Development Bank to boost agriculture and food security

Funds will protect lives and livelihoods of vulnerable rural communities, lay a foundation for recovery.

Story
One Syrian gives his community a non-traditional helping hand

A Syrian livestock keeper’s invention helps his neighbours maintain their income for the winter months.
 

FAO Director-General welcomes new Chairperson of the Africa Regional Group

Ambassador Sébastien Foumane of Cameroon will take over from Ambassador Jackline Lumumba Yonga of Kenya.

Interactive story
Enter the hidden world of soils

Explore life belowground: from genes and species to the communities they form.

International year
Celebrating artisanal fisheries and aquaculture

From exhibitions to cultural performances, join one of the hundreds of events taking place worldwide.

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 Director-General welcomes new Chairperson of the Africa Regional Group

Ambassador Sébastien Foumane of Cameroon will take over from Ambassador Jackline Lumumba Yonga of Kenya.

Voices of Impact

Tackling AMR in Bangladesh – a One Health approach

FAO, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) are bringing together medics and veterinarians through a ‘One Health’ approach to develop guidelines for the responsible use of antimicrobials in human and animal health.

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Videos
Innovation in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

With the advent of the digital technology, many Small Island Developing States have drawn on the power of innovation and digitalization to find solutions in agriculture, food, nutrition, environment and health.


Protecting our land, soil and water systems

Over 95% of our food is produced on land and all begins with soil and water. We need to work together to sustainably manage these vital resources.

Podcasts

Many residents of Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia depend heavily on fish and rice for their livelihoods and have to send their children to work rather than school in order to survive. FAO is working with the government and partners to get children back to school.


Across the globe, people are transforming food systems to become more nutritious, equitable and sustainable. Listen to how one town in northern Italy has sparked a global movement to bring about change to local food systems.

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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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.

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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.

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sdg photo
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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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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.

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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.

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

Tap for more
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.

Tap for more
sdg photo
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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.

Tap for more
sdg photo
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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
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.

Tap for more
sdg photo
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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
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.

Tap for more

sdg photo
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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 agricultural land by use

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

https://www.fao.org/3/cb4477en/online/cb4477en.html#chapter-1_1

2019 World

4.21%

2015 World

4.24%

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