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
10 October 2011

World Hunger Report 2011: High, Volatile Prices Set to Continue

Food price volatility featuring high prices is likely to continue and possibly increase, making poor farmers, consumers and countries more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the United Nations' three Rome-based agencies said in the global hunger report published today. 

30 September 2011

DPRK: FAO & WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission To Start

On October 3, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and WFP will commence this year’s  Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

News Release
22 September 2011

Urgent Call For United Action On Hunger

With over 12 million still affected by the Horn of Africa drought, four of the world’s leading food security, development and humanitarian aid organizations are jointly calling for urgent action on hunger and malnutrition.

News Release
13 September 2011

WFP Signs An Agreement With The Tunisian Government And Launches A New Project To Assist Tunisia's Most Vulnerable

TUNIS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have agreed to re-establish the organization’s official presence in the country and launch a two-year cash-for-work project to assist the most vulnerable Tunisians.

News Release
29 July 2011

Aid For East Africa, Now And In The Future (FAO/WFP)

ROME - Following the emergency meeting on the food and humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa held in Rome on 25 July at the request of the French Presidency of the G20, FAO and WFP welcome the international community's determined mobilization in response to the situation.

News Release
25 July 2011

Rome Emergency Meeting Rallies To Aid Horn Of Africa (FAO)

Rome - The international community rallied today to the aid of drought- and famine-affected populations in the Horn of Africa with an immediate, twin-track programme designed to avert an imminent humanitarian catastrophe and build long-term food security in the region.


News Release
8 July 2011

Stepping Up To The Horn (Joint FAO/WFP/Oxfam statement)

From mega-emergencies, such as the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan, to headline-grabbing humanitarian crises, such as the conflicts in Cote d’Ivoire or Libya, the international community has stepped up to help those impacted by disaster and tragedy over the last few years. 

News Release
5 July 2011

US Donation Of $ 1.5 Million To WFP Throws A Lifeline To Drought-struck Lao Farmers

VIENTIANE – Families in the south and central regions of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic who are still suffering from the effects of severe drought and flash floods in 2010 will receive vital food assistance, thanks to a donation of US$1.5 million from the United States of America to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

27 June 2011

WFP Co-Signs New Accord With EU

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Monday co-signed a new accord between the European Union and the three Rome-based UN agencies --WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

News Release
27 June 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Election Of New Director General Of FAO

I would like to congratulate Jose Graziano da Silva on his election as the new Director General of the 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: