The food we choose and the way we consume it affects our health and that of our planet. Before food reaches our plates, it travels a long way. And every stage of that journey makes up our agri-food systems.
Inside the International Space Station, ESA astronaut and FAO Goodwill Ambassador Thomas Pesquet explains how growing food can help us to adapt to extreme environmental conditions and ensure future food security on earth.
From overfishing and pollution to climate change, the threats to ocean health are many and varied. UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson says governments must commit to reaching the target of carbon net zero.
FAO and the SDGs
FAO supports governments and partners to design the right policies and programmes to end hunger, promote
food security and promote sustainable agriculture for millions of
people around the
Hover the mouse over an SDG icon for more information
A world free from hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture contributes to improving the living
standards of all
FAO works with governments and partners to empower some of the world’s most marginalized people to
end rural poverty.
FAO helps ensure food security by developing ways of growing food that will work in the future so that
millions of people don’t go hungry.
Good health starts with nutrition. FAO sets global standards and works with governments and the private
sector to ensure food quality and safety throughout the food chain.
FAO invests in educational systems for rural communities and supports improved access to primary
education and school meals in order to create equal opportunities for all and chances of lifelong
FAO supports gender equality in the agricultural sector in an effort to raise levels of nutrition in
local communities and improve agricultural productivity.
FAO works with governments to ensure water use in agriculture is made more efficient, equitable and
FAO promotes the use of renewable energies and works to ensure access to modern energy services across
the food chain.
FAO seeks better economic opportunities for all by investing in sustainable agricultural practices and
food systems that reduce inequalities and create decent jobs.
FAO seeks to secure a future for rural communities via investments in transportation, irrigation, food
storage facilities and communication technologies.
FAO works with countries and partners to generate employment in rural areas, ensure access to natural
resources for the most vulnerable and connect farmers to markets.
FAO works to improve urban healthcare, water quality and rethink city region food systems to help deter
the negative effects of sprawling urbanisation.
FAO coordinates major global initiatives and projects to tackle food waste and loss, partnering with
international organisations, the private sector and civil society.
FAO supports countries in responding to the threats of climate change by providing advice, data and tools
for better agricultural policies and practices.
FAO, in partnership with governments and fishing communities, implements best practices in fisheries to
ensure our oceans are protected as a means of livelihoods.
FAO promotes sustainable approaches to natural resource management and supports endeavours that promote a
balance between conservation and development initiatives.
FAO plays a critical role in peacebuilding, restoring rural livelihoods, building resilience and
participatory approaches to policymaking.
FAO acts as a neutral policymaking forum and develops partnerships with all concerned with food and
agriculture to ensure a world free from hunger.
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the private sector to ensure food quality and safety throughout the food chain.
FAO invests in educational systems for rural communities and supports improved access to
primary education and school meals in order to create equal opportunities for all and
chances of lifelong learning.