The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
It helps governments and development agencies coordinate their activities to improve and develop agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and land and water resources. It also conducts research, provides technical assistance to projects, operates educational and training programs, and collects agricultural output, production, and development data.
Importance to the Egg Industry
The IEC and FAO work together on the common issues of poultry egg production, poultry health and animal welfare, development and promotion of appropriate codes and best practices for responsible poultry production. They work to support less developed countries, and countries with emerging economies, to improve and expand egg production to feed a constantly growing population. The IEC also supports policy development at the FAO in areas that impact the international egg industry. The IEC looks to support the FAO’s technical activities to ensure the safety of eggs and egg products
There is a formally recognised partnership between the FAO and the IEC, with the IEC working together with the FAO on the following specific initiatives:
- Member of FAO’s Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) partnership.
- Member of FAO’s Global agenda for sustainable livestock (GASL).