FAO in Philippines
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been collaborating with the Philippines since its foundation in 1945. The Philippines was one of the 34 founding member nations of FAO and a Representation was established in 1978. With the key commitment to the eradication of hunger and poverty, this collaboration is focused on Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Nutrition and Rural development.
FAO assists the Philippines in the pursuit of its development objectives through partnership with National Government (DA, DAR, DENR, DOST, NEDA, NAPC, DFA, MEDCO, NDCC, NSO) and Local Government Units; academia ; NGOs; federations, associations and local groups representing farmers; private sector and other international agencies. FAO also collaborates with other United Nations agencies, either bilaterally or through the UN Country Team.
FAO strongly believes in the active participation of all stakeholders in the implementation of its various activities to increase the effectiveness of its action and to ensure that they reflect the interests of the rural poor, the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the Philippines. Dialogue and consultation are a key element of all FAO activities.
Since its foundation, FAO has recognized the physical and economic access to food as a basic human right, and the mission of the Organization was grounded on the belief that elimination of hunger and malnutrition is essential and attainable through national efforts and international cooperation.Read More..
FAO’s work in the Philippines complements the efforts of the Government in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Adopted by the 192 member-states of the UN - including the Philippines - after the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, the eight MDGs identify major goals and quantified targets that countries, with support from the international community, should achieve by the year 2015. The origin of this commitment is the World Food Summit of 1996, where countries agreed to cut hunger in half by the year 2015.