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54GAC023 Assessment event: Academic Research Essay

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Student’s name: Sofía Prátici Mateu
School: Instituto México de Puebla A.C.
Teacher’s name: MariCarmen Mendoza
Due date: November 12, 2010
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed anddeveloping countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. We help developing countries andcountries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since our founding in 1945, we have focused special attention ondeveloping rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.
FAO's activities comprise four main areas:
Putting information within reach. FAO serves as a knowledge network. We use theexpertise of our staff - agronomists, foresters, fisheries and livestock specialists, nutritionists, social scientists, economists, statisticians and other professionals - to collect, analyse anddisseminate data that aid development. A million times a month, someone visits the FAO Internet site to consult a technical document or read about our work with farmers. We also publish hundreds ofnewsletters, reports and books, distribute several magazines, create numerous CD-ROMS and host dozens of electronic fora.

Sharing policy expertise. FAO lends its years of experience to member countriesin devising agricultural policy, supporting planning, drafting effective legislation and creating national strategies to achieve rural development and hunger alleviation goals.

Providing a meetingplace for nations. On any given day, dozens of policy-makers and experts from around the globe convene at headquarters or in our field offices to forge agreements on major food and agriculture...
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