In focus

Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity

From 20-22 October, a global symposium will explore how to manage salt-affected soils.

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World map of salt-affected soils launched at virtual conference

FAO Director-General opens Oct. 20-22 Global Symposium on Salt-Affected Soils.


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Story
Antigua and Barbuda gets hooked on aquaponics

A unique farm produces fish products and vegetables at the same time.

FAO’s Women’s Committee celebrates its second birthday

The Committee marked the occasion with a celebratory VirtualiTea in the presence of FAO Director-General QU Dongyu and Her Excellency Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr, First Vice-President of the Republic of Costa Rica.

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Interactive story
To ensure a food secure future, fisheries and aquaculture are key

Discover how we can work together to protect the oceans and ensure sustainable livelihoods and diets.

WFD 2021 poster contest
World Food Day
Ready to get creative?

Are you between 5 and 19 years old? Then there’s still time to enter the World Food Day Poster Contest! Create a poster of a food journey and submit it by 5 November 2021.

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Publication
FAO publications catalogue is available in six languages

The catalogues share the latest publications produced by FAO across all of its thematic areas, as well as some seminal older titles.

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FAO’s Women’s Committee celebrates its second birthday

The Committee marked the occasion with a celebratory VirtualiTea in the presence of FAO Director-General QU Dongyu and Her Excellency Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr, First Vice-President of the Republic of Costa Rica.

Voices of Impact

Becoming heroes in the fight against desert locusts

In Kenya, Sergeant Brian and the National Youth Service are winning the battle against a dangerous pest and food insecurity.

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Videos
A call to transform agri-food systems

QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General, and Thomas Pesquet, astronaut and FAO Goodwill Ambassador, make a joint call for more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems.


What are agri-food systems?

The food we choose and the way we consume it affects our health and that of our planet. Before food reaches our plates, it travels a long way. And every stage of that journey makes up our agri-food systems. 

Podcasts

Smallholder farmers in Montenegro are turning to agritourism to diversify their incomes. The project is having all kinds of positive impacts, especially on young people.


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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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
sdg photo

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
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.

Tap for more
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.

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
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.

Tap for more
sdg photo
sdg photo

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
sdg photo

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

Tap for more
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.

Tap for more

Data - Share of agricultural loss in total economic loss attributable to disasters

1 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 1 No Poverty

Share of agriculture in total economic loss (%)

63.5%

Linear (Share of agriculture in total economic loss (%))

45%

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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