On October 16, 1945, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was founded in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (Today, the organization has its headquarters in Rome, Italy.) The FAO assists developing countries in modernizing their agricultural programs and practices, helps prepare for food shortages and emergencies, and works to ensure proper nutrition for as many human beings as possible.
The FAO has identified 1 billion people in the world as hungry, and has set a goal of reducing that number by half by the year 2015. To accomplish this, the FAO has engaged 102 countries in a food security program to manage pests, improve agricultural output and variety, and ensure that food is distributed equitably.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry distribute Verb
to divide and spread out materials.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Noun
United Nations agency responsible for improving food production in developing countries.
food security Noun
access a person, family, or community has to healthy foods.
place where an organization or project is chiefly located.
process by which living organisms obtain food or nutrients, and use it for growth.