The Food and Agriculture Organisation was founded in October 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. Today, FAO is the largest autonomous agency with the United National system with 175 (Member Organisation) and more than 4300 staff members around the world.
Since its inception, FAO has worked to alleviate poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, improved nutrition and the pursuit of food security the access of all people at all times to the food they need for an active and healthy life. The Organization offers direct development assistance, collects, analysis and disseminates information, provides policy and planning advice to governments and acts as an international forum for debate on food and agriculture issues.
FAO is active in land and water development, plant and animal production, forestry, fisheries, economic and social policy, investment, nutrition, food standards and commodities and trade. It also plays a major role in dealing with food and agriculture emergencies.