The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was founded to help developing countries develop a more sophisticated agricultural program. This Bayaka woman in Yandumbe, Central African Republic, holds an onion seedling. Seedlings are part of food aid to the region.

Photograph by Tom Daspit, MyShot
  • 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.

    ensure Verb

    to guarantee.

    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.

    headquarters Noun

    place where an organization or project is chiefly located.

    nutrition Noun

    process by which living organisms obtain food or nutrients, and use it for growth.