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
20 June 2012

WFP, UNICEF WHO And FAO Hail REACH Initiative On Child Undernutrition As Foundation For Sustainable Development Goals

RIO DE JANEIRO – Rio + 20 presents an opportunity for agreement on the future we want.  It is a future that will be determined by global commitment towards sustainable development goals in the years ahead, and this can be achieved through support for initiatives that provide a strong foundation for reaching these goals.

News Release
20 June 2012

No Sustainable Development Without Eradication Of Hunger And Extreme Poverty

20 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro and Rome – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Bioversity International have issued the following statement on the occasion of the Rio+20 conference.

News Release
19 June 2012

FAO/IFAD/WFP Call Upon G20 To Redouble Efforts To Fight Hunger

19 June 2012, Rome - The UN food agencies based in Rome have expressed the wish that G20 leaders meeting in Mexico redouble their efforts to fight hunger. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have issued the following statement on the occasion of the G20 Summit in Mexico:

News Release
18 May 2012

UN Rome-Based Agencies Welcome G8 Commitment To Keep Food Security High On Global Agenda

By José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP).

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.

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.

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.

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.


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: