Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

What is FAO?

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

What does FAO’s Liaison Office in Brussels do?

  • FAO’s Liaison Office strengthens FAO’s visibility, interaction and advocacy with key partners, including the European Union and the Permanent Representations of the EU Member States, the ACP Secretariat and their Permanent Representations Member States, NGOs, and academic institutions in Belgium.
  • The Liaison Office provides policy advice and fosters exchange of information in areas of relevance for FAO, including agriculture, food security, humanitarian aid, development, consumer protection, fishery and forestry.
  • The Liaison Office gives advice to FAO’s headquarters on EU policies in the areas of development, agriculture and consumer protection, which might have implications for FAO’s field activities.

Global Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition

According to FAO, the number of undernourished people in the world increased to 821 million in 2017, an increase that threatens previous achievements. Malnutrition problems are aggravated by increasing rates of overweight and obesity, which went up in most regions. In 2016, according to the World Health Organization, 41 million children under five were overweight.

The Global Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition is a joint initiative of the Spanish Parliament, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Latin America and the Caribbean Parliamentary Front against Hunger.

The Summit builds on those partners’ work through the support of FAO’s Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative, incorporating the legislative powers in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Other key players in the legislative world such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (UIP), the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (PARLATINO), as well as various parliamentarians from Africa, Asia and Europe who have already shown their interest in supporting and participating in the Summit.

This is the first meeting of its kind, seeking to advance political will to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) at the international level.

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FAO works with countries and partners in pursuit of its overriding goal of eradicating hunger. Key to this concerted effort is the sharing of information to raise awareness and advance knowledge of food, agriculture, natural resources and related economic development.

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EU-FAO partnership

The European Union is among FAO’s most important partners through programmes implemented in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Near East and Latin America. Today the EU and FAO are engaged in close cooperation with a strengthened focus on the shared goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Read more about the EU-FAO partnership here.



Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium
Bd. Roi Albert II 16, North Gate III (1st floor), B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
tel: +32 2 2040740
e-mail: [email protected]

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