The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was founded in 1945.
Today, FAO is the largest specialized agency in the United Nations system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 183 member countries plus one member organization, the European Community.
Since its inception, FAO has worked to alleviate poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, improved nutrition and the pursuit of food security Food security is defined as the access of all people at all times to the food they need for an active and healthy life.
Latvia has been a member of FAO since 1991. As a member state, it has an opportunity to receive technical assistance from the organization focused on capacity building in relevant sectors. The projects supported by FAO could be classified into national (where FAO assistance is focused on a particular sector in Latvia), regional (where Latvia is among several recipient countries aiming to improve the work in a concrete sector in a coordinated way), and TeleFood Special Fund projects.
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