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
16 October 2014

On World Food Day, WFP Highlights Progress Towards Zero Hunger Even As Emergencies Flare

ROME – Amid several hunger emergencies – both natural and man-made – the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is marking World Food Day, 16 October, by highlighting both the challenges around the world and the real progress being made toward “zero hunger.”

News Release
10 October 2014

Hunger Run 2014: Let’s Stop Hunger In Its Tracks

Sunday 19 October at 10:00 am

ROME – Hunger Run 2014 will see thousands of people coming together in Rome to raise awareness and money to help reduce hunger in the world. The event, set for Sunday 19 October at 10 am, comprises a 10 km competitive race and a 5 km fun run/walk, through Rome’s historic centre.

News Release
9 June 2014

Three UN Agencies Team In DRC Awarded For Joint Work On Food Insecurity

Kinshasa – The collective efforts of the three UN food and agriculture agencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been recognised in the 2014 Award of Excellence by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The award ceremony takes place on Friday, 6 June, 2014 in Rome, during an official session of WFP’s Executive Board.
News Release
3 June 2014

UNHCR And WFP Chiefs In Joint Push For More Attention On Central African Republic Refugees

ROME/GENEVA - Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres will be in Rome tomorrow, 4 June 2014, in a joint push to draw attention to the plight of refugees and third-country nationals fleeing Central African Republic (C.A.R).

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.

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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: