Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), tasked with the fight against famine and hunger and serving as a forum where both developing and developed nations can negotiate policy and seek common goals. The FAO also has an educational mandate, helping countries modernize and improve their agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, focusing not only on food productivity and distribution, but also nutrition, food security, self-sufficiency and, to a lesser degree, sustainability.

Furthermore, the FAO's Global Information and Early Warning and Information System (GIEWS) monitors the supply and demand of food worldwide with an eye toward predicting and preventing food shortages and emergencies, although knowledge of impending possible emergencies can sometimes itself impact demand. Ideally, FAO works jointly with the ...

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