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
17 November 2010

North Korea Faces Serious Cereal Deficit, Food Shortages and Undernourishment to Continue

ROME - About five million people living in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will continue to face food shortages despite a relatively good harvest and a slight increase in food supply, a joint report by FAO and WFP said today.

News Release
15 September 2010

FAO/IFAD/WFP to Accelerate Assistance to Pakistan Flood Victims

Rome  - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) are working together to address urgent  food security challenges in Pakistan, following the recent flood disaster which destroyed  food stocks and approximately 10 percent of the country’s standing crops, leaving an estimated 10 million people vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition. Cooperation between FAO, IFAD and WFP is  a fundamental part of the recovery effort.

News Release
23 July 2007

Yemen receives pesticides from Mauritania to battle locust outbreaks. Joint FAO/WFP effort to battle locust outbreaks in Yemen

Yemen has received a pesticide donation from Mauritania to combat the worst locust outbreak in nearly 15 years. The donated chemicals were transported by air to Yemen in a joint operation between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP.

News Release
6 May 2007

More than one-third of Zimbabweans face food shortages - Drought and economic crisis to blame, FAO/WFP report says

A poor harvest coupled with a worsening economic crisis will leave more than 4 million people in Zimbabwe in need of food assistance by early next year, according to a report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP.

News Release
12 May 2006

FAO, IFAD and WFP Executive heads in joint visit to Northern Ghana

Amid growing calls for reform and coherence among United Nations partners, the heads of the three Rome-based food and agriculture agencies demonstrated their determination to strengthen joint efforts to reduce hunger and poverty at the grassroots level by visiting Ghana’s food insecure northern region this week.

News Release
31 January 2005

Food needs and new safety programme in Ethiopia

Rome Ethiopia is enjoying a bumper harvest from the 2004 main season now projected to be more than 24 percent above the previous year\'s revised estimate of 11.49 million tonnes and 21 percent above the average for the past five years, according to a joint UN report.

News Release
21 December 2004

Media Advisory: FAO/WFP joint reports on crop and food situation in four West African countries following locust threat

Rome In the wake of recent threats from Desert Locusts, FAO and WFP release the results of joint assessment missions to Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

News Release
23 November 2004

North Korea has bigger harvest, but millions still need food aid

Pyongyang/Rome - Despite its best harvest in ten years, the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will post another substantial food deficit in 2005 and require external aid to support more than a quarter of its 23.7 million people, WFP and the FAO said in a joint press release.

News Release
14 January 2004

7.2 million people still need food aid

Rome Despite a good harvest, 7.2 million people still require assistance to meet minimum food requirements in 2004, according to a joint report released by two United Nations agencies. Last year, 13.2 million Ethiopians needed food assistance.

News Release
3 January 2004

UN Food Agencies Meet Chirac

UN food agency heads meeting with French President Jacques Chirac call for twin track approach of emergency assistance and investment as way of fighting hunger.

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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: