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


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26 March 2012

DRC: Increase in income enables business diversification

Florent’s life in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been turned around, thanks to P4P and its partners. Now other farmers in the south-eastern region of Kabalo want to follow his example.

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5 March 2012

Three-Pronged Action Plan For Horn Of Africa

The plan for the Horn of Africa, hit so hard by droughts and hunger in recent years, involves short-term action to improve levels of nutrition, early recovery strategies and promoting resilience in the long term. The approach is outlined in two key documents.

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2 March 2012

Mozambique: UN agencies combine efforts to help farmers

WFP, FAO, IFAD and UN Women are working closely together in Mozambique, one of the countries in the UN “Delivering as One” pilot. P4P in Mozambique has been implemented under a joint UN programme called “Building Commodity Value Chains and Market Linkages for Farmers’ Associations”.

News Release
21 February 2012

Brazil to fund food purchasing in five African countries: Agreement signed with FAO and WFP

The Government is Brazil is providing $2 375 000 for a new local food purchase programme to be set up by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) to benefit farmers and vulnerable populations in five African countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal.

News Release
15 February 2012

Urgent Response Needed To Prevent A Worsening Of Hunger In The Sahel

Leaders from United Nations agencies and representatives of affected governments and major donors today called for an urgent scale-up of humanitarian, rehabilitation and development assistance to respond to rising levels of hunger in the Sahel region, caused by the combined effects of drought, high food prices, displacement and conflict.

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15 February 2012

Urgent Call for Timely Action in Drought-Hit Sahel

An urgent call went out for quick action to prevent a full-blown crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa today as leading figures in the fight against hunger met  for an emergency meeting at WFP’s Rome headquarters.

News Release
13 February 2012

WFP To Host Joint Meeting Of Humanitarian Agencies On The Deteriorating Situation In The Sahel Region Of West Africa

The UN World Food Programme is hosting a meeting of heads of humanitarian agencies and donor governments on Wednesday 15 February to address the urgent need for a scaling up of  humanitarian assistance in the Sahel, where drought and food shortages are causing hunger and threatening lives

News Release
8 February 2012

High Levels Of Food Insecurity In South Sudan

FAO-WFP report says poor harvests, price hikes, conflict and displacement worsen hunger

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8 February 2012

Hunger On The Rise In South Sudan, Report Shows

Poor harvests, high food prices and conflict have fuelled a sharp rise in the number of hungry people in South Sudan, according to a new report by WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The report warned that millions of people in South Sudan risk going hungry unless swift action is taken.

News Release
7 February 2012

Bangladesh: High Food Insecurity And Undernutrition Continue For Flood Victims in Satkhira

A new assessment of food needs in flood-affected Satkhira district shows that more than 150,000 people will require food and other assistance over the next 12 months. The report, published by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), indicates that flooding in July has caused prolonged displacement, crop damage and food insecurity.

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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: