Rome-Based UN Agencies

There are three UN agencies based in Rome: WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Their missions complement one another and they often combine their expertise in agriculture, food assistance and rural development.

Increasingly, the Rome-based agencies are finding joint solutions to dealing with emergencies and promoting recovery and development.

RBA News


News Release
4 April 2014

UN Rome-Based Agencies Reveal Food Security And Nutrition Targets For Post-2015 Agenda

Liberian President and Italian Vice-Minister join high-level meeting of FAO, IFAD, WFP.

News Release
2 April 2014

Rome Agencies Host President Of Liberia For Event On Global Development Agenda

ROME – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) invite journalists to attend a news conference to mark a special event organised by the Rome-based agencies in honour of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia.

News Release
23 December 2013

Rome-Based UN Agencies Join Forces On Food Losses

Switzerland to fund $2.7 million project with pilot activities in three African countries

News Release
14 December 2013

Financial Services For Rural Poor Vital, Say Queen Maxima And Top U.N. Officials

Tanzania trip ends with calls for more joint efforts on financial inclusion and food security.

News Release
10 December 2013

H.M. Queen Maxima Of Netherlands Visits Ethiopia To Highlight Importance Of Financial Inclusion For The Rural Poor

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), has just completed a two-day trip to Ethiopia to support Ethiopia’s efforts to make financial services more accessible to the rural poor.

News Release
9 December 2013

Queen Máxima And Senior UN Officials Visit Ethiopia And Tanzania To Highlight The Role Of Financial Inclusion In Improving The lives Of Rural Poor

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the three food agencies of the United Nations are teaming up to raise awareness of how access to financial services – such as bank accounts, short-term credit, small loans, savings and insurance – can help improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the rural poor.

News Release
28 November 2013

Harvests In DPR Korea Up 5 Percent For Third Year But Chronic Malnutrition Persists

ROME/PYONGYANG – A nationwide assessment by two United Nations agencies shows an increase in staple food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the third year running.

News Release
5 July 2013

Four Million Syrians Are Unable To Produce Or Buy Enough Food

If conflict continues, Syria’s food prospects will be seriously at risk in 2014, joint FAO/WFP report finds

News Release
1 July 2013

WFP and FAO Explore New Cooperation With Israel On Smart Solutions For Increasing Global Food Production

JERUSALEM – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, following her recent visit to Israel, joins with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in confirming the potential opportunity to transfer technology and innovations in agriculture to countries in the world where families live on the edge of hunger, and their resilience is tested by crisis including drought and floods.

News Release
18 June 2013

Food Security And School Feeding Initiatives Launched In The Gambia

BANJUL – The Government of The Gambia, the United Nations agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched the Millennium Development Goal 1c Initiative (improving food security through crop production intensification and school feeding in targeted regions). This is a four - year development project whereby FAO and WFP will provide technical assistance to the Government.

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Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Committee on Food Security

The Committee on Food Security is a forum within the UN system for countries to review and follow-up on policies concerning world food security. FAO, IFAD and FAO are key participants. The 124 members usually meet at the Food and Agriculture Organization's headquarters in Rome once a year.

The Rome-based agencies are also members of the International Alliance Against Hunger, a partnership of governmental and non-governmental organizations, service and religious organizations and the private sector.

Specific Mandates

Each according to a specific mandate, the Rome-based agencies are working together to defeat hunger and poverty: WFP with food assistance, FAO through its technical expertise in agriculture and IFAD via international financial assistance.

Find out more about WFP’s sister agencies and their missions: