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
1 June 2013

Food Security To Be At Centre Of Africa Development Agenda

UN food agency heads call for hunger eradication by 2025.

Story
21 April 2013

Rome-Based UN Agencies Are Honorary Citizens Of Rome

The three Rome-based UN agencies - the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and WFP - were made honorary citizens of Rome during a ceremony to commemorate the 2,766th anniversary of the "eternal city's" founding.

News Release
8 March 2013

On International Women’s Day, FAO/IFAD/WFP/IDLO Highlight Link Between Women, Violence And Food Security

Following is a joint statement from the leaders*of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).


* José Graziano da Silva, Director-General FAO; Kanayo F. Nwanze, President IFAD; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director WFP; Irene Khan, Director-General IDLO.

Story
7 March 2013

WFP Helps Reclaim Land And Livelihoods In Rural Tunisia

In rural central and western Tunisia many families struggle to put food on the table every day. As many as 78 percent of the population can barely afford to produce or buy their food. With climate change making its fierce mark on the area, WFP and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) designed a joint project to assist small-scale farmers and help them establish small agricultural businesses.

News Release
5 March 2013

Women, Violence And Food Security: International Women’s Day 2013

ROME –Leaders of international organisations based in Rome will meet at the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday 8 March, to mark International Women’s Day. They will highlight ways of protecting and empowering women and girls and the vital importance of food security. There will be a panel discussion with questions from the floor.

News Release
1 March 2013

Harvest Increases But Food Insecurity Remains High In South Sudan

JUBA – At least 4.1 million people in South Sudan are likely to be food insecure this year, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

Story
14 February 2013

Staff Of UN Food Agencies In Mozambique Receive Award Of Excellence

ROME – In acknowledgement of the importance of partnership in tackling global issues, the staff of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have today been recognized for their outstanding work together in Mozambique.

News Release
16 October 2012

Agricultural Cooperatives Critical To Fight Hunger

World Food Day Observed In 150 Countries

16 October 2012, Rome - Agricultural cooperatives, already enriching millions of small-scale farmers, could expand and make an even greater contribution against poverty and hunger, if they were given the right support by governments, civil society and academia.

News Release
9 October 2012

Globally Almost 870 Million Chronically Undernourished - New Hunger Report

But there are hopeful signs that with extra effort the MDG target can be reached 

9 October 2012, Rome - Nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012, according to the new UN hunger report released today.

News Release
27 September 2012

UN Women, FAO, IFAD And WFP: Empowerment Of Women In Rural Areas Is Pre-Requisite For Global Food Security

New York/Rome, 27 September 2012 – UN Women and the three Rome-based United Nations agencies working on food and agriculture today launched a joint programme to empower poor rural women through economic integration and food security initiatives.

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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: