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What are the functions of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)?

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The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations is an important group. The purpose of this organization is to ensure there is enough food for all. There are several main goals of this organization. One goal is to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. Another goal is to eliminate poverty while advocating for social and economic progress. The third goal is to manage and sustain our natural resources for present and future use.

The Food and Agricultural Organization is an international organization. There are 194 member nations, and its headquarters are in Rome. The staff comes from various countries and has expertise in many fields. There are six departments in this organization, including  Agricultural and Consumer Protection and Economic and Social Development. There are five regional and nine sub-regional offices. This organization develops and shares information about food, farming, and resources. By working with various groups, this organization develops various international initiatives to help the organization meet its goals.

There are several areas of activities. One is to provide knowledge in order to achieve sustainable agriculture. It also tries to strengthen the political will to do the things needed to devise policies regarding agriculture. The organization works to boost public-private partnerships to improve agriculture in general, especially smaller agriculture. It also brings knowledge to the field and keeps countries aware of problems regarding agriculture.

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Founded in 1945, the FAO has five strategic objectives:

  1. Help eliminate hunger and malnutrition (including food security...

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One of the organizations contributing to the cause and aiding in the achievement of the objectives outlined by the United Nations is the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Below are two of the major functions of the FAO:

1. Promote feasible farming techniques. This means that the FAO provides farmers in countries where the United Nations operates with information to reduce environmental degradation while farming, improve agricultural farming methods, and increase crop production and yields for the long-term sustainability of food production and increased food security levels in these countries.

2. Reduce malnutrition in a community. Moreover, the FAO may encourage farming in the areas where it is less practiced in the hope of reducing the dependency of persons living in these areas on food supplies donated by the United Nations. This is intended to foster self-reliance among community member so they provide for themselves and their families more nutritious food so as to lessen the incidents of malnutrition in their community.  

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