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
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

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.

News Release
15 December 2011

WFP Warns More Than 2.5 Million Will Require Food Assistance In South Sudan

WFP Country Director Chris Nikoi: "A gathering storm of hunger is approaching South Sudan, caused by crop failure and market disruption. Food prices have already doubled or tripled in some areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to malnutrition at a key developmental stage of their young lives.”

News Release
2 December 2011

FAO, IFAD and WFP Reach 22 Million People With Massive EU Investment In Agriculture

In just two years FAO, IFAD, and WFP have assisted over 22 million people hardest hit by the global food price crisis thanks to generous funding from the European Union’s Food Facility (EUFF) - providing tangible evidence that investing in agriculture and nutrition improves global food security, the three UN agencies said today. The combined effects of high food prices in 2007-2008 and the global financial and economic downturn pushed millions of people into poverty and hunger. By the end of 2008, when the number of undernourished people neared one billion, the European Union launched the € 1 billion Food Facility.

News Release
25 November 2011

DPRK Harvest Improves But Serious Nutrition Concerns Persist

An assessment conducted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) indicates an improvement in the main annual harvest for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) compared to 2010 but highlights ongoing concerns over the nutrition situation, particularly among young children.

News Release
31 October 2011

International Year Of Cooperatives 2012: Agricultural Cooperatives Are Key To Reducing Hunger And Poverty

Cooperatives offer opportunities that smallholders could not achieve individually. Smallholder farmers gain big benefits from agricultural cooperatives including bargaining power and resource sharing that lead to food security and poverty reduction for millions, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) stressed today on the occasion of the launch of the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 (IYC) in New York.

News Release
20 October 2011

Peace Corps Strengthens Global Partnership With FAO And WFP

The Peace Corps joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and pledged to support and expand food security-related activities that will combat hunger in Peace Corps countries worldwide.

18 October 2011

Need For Deep Collaboration Highlighted As UN Marks World Food Day

Leaders from governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector gathered in Rome on Monday to mark the 31st annual World Food Day at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 


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: