November 10, 2013
This document covers ten common questions regarding the FAO itself and CGD's new report.
From the list:
1. What is the FAO?
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an agency that combats global hunger and promotes rural development. The FAO was born in 1945. In its first two decades, FAO played the leading role in the global food and agriculture issue areas, overseeing the establishment of important agreements and institutions, including the World Food Programme (WFP). The global food crisis of the 1970s, however, severely undermined the Organization’s reputation. In response, FAO began its decades-long decentralization process, opening country offices and creating a new unit for in-country technical cooperation projects. Today the FAO is still the only global intergovernmental organization with a broad mandate in governing the world’s food and agricultural system, although with the presence of numerous other players at the regional and global levels, its position is substantially different than in prior decades.
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