Today, we produce enough food to feed the entire human population. Yet, one in nine
people in the world are undernourished. While one part of the world starves to death, every
year, over one-third of all food produced for consumption is either wasted or lost. Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) was established in 1945 as a specialized United Nations
agency with the aim of achieving food security for all and has been operating ever since on a
broad range of issues, including but not limited to, eradication of hunger, elimination of rural
poverty, and providing the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources. FAO
has 194 members and is present in over 130 countries with its headquarters located in Rome,
Italy. The organization operates from 5 regional offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific,
Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North
Africa. FAO carries out large-scale projects as well as regional ones. It serves as a knowledge
network between experts and those who need them in order to practice sustainable agriculture
globally. It also provides counsel for governments in order to improve and better implement
their policies and legislations regarding sustainable agriculture, rural development,
elimination of hunger and so forth. The organization is composed of six departments, namely,
Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Economic and Social Development, Corporate
Services, Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Human Resources and Finance, and Technical
Cooperation. 39% of FAO’s budget comes from assessed contributions of member countries,
while 61% is made up of voluntary contributions from members and non-member partners.
FAO’s budget for 2018-19 is set to be USD 2.6 billion. For the population is rising and the
resources are wasted more and more every day, Food and Agriculture Organization must
come up with new and better solutions to protect today’s and future generations from
distressing conditions.

 

Agenda Item: Providing Timely Support to Drought-Affected Populations in the Horn of Africa

 

Under Secretary-General: İrem Beyza Uralcan
Academic Assistant: Mehmet Emin Akyar