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Different mandates . . .
a common vision
FAO was founded in 1945 with a mandate to raise nutritional
levels and living standards, improve agricultural productivity and
better the conditions of rural people. FAO is the leading agency for
technical expertise in food security, agriculture, forestry, fisheries
and rural development, and in the sustainable management of
natural resources essential over the long term.
IFAD was established in 1977 to help developing countries
fight rural poverty and hunger by mobilizing financial resources
for rural and agricultural development. IFAD enables rural poor
people to overcome poverty by: strengthening their capacity
and that of their organizations; improving equitable access to
productive natural resources and technology; and increasing
access to financial services and markets.
WFP, the food agency of the United Nations system, was created
in 1963. It provides food aid to save lives in emergency situations,
improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable
people at critical times in their lives, help build infrastructural assets
and promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities.