The Global Food Challenge

The world population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. Food production therefore needs to be increased by 70 percent in the same period. This is a major challenge, partly because conditions for agricultural production are altered as a result of climate change and partly for lack of access to land and water in many areas. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is working to meet the global food challenge.


United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, is a specialized agency of the UN. It has an extensive mandate, expressed in three main objectives:

  1. To prevent hunger, malnutrition and food shortages
  2. To reduce poverty, and to strengthen economic and social development for all


    To promote sustainable management of natural resources for present and future generations

FAO has built the World's most extensive expertise on food security, and it plays an important role in formulating policy recommendations and contributing to the development of global guidelines for food security. Norway is a major contributor to FAO and participates in the management of the organization in committees, the Council and the General Conference.