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FAO Celebrates 75 Years
USAgNet - 10/27/2020

Seventy-five years ago, in October 1945, leaders from 39 countries formed the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations at the first session of the FAO Conference, held in Quebec City. This gathering had been planned when U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt met with the leaders of 44 countries in Hot Springs, Virginia in 1943.

Last week, leaders from the FAO, Canada, and the U.S. came together to celebrate the anniversary, reflect on accomplishments, and commit to the work ahead, reports

"Canada and the United States hold a special place in FAO memory and in our hearts," said FAO director-general Qu Dongyu. "I had been looking forward to being in Quebec City in person with all of you to celebrate this milestone."

Due to COVID-19, the leaders met virtually.

Both "the U.S. and Canada were pivotal in launching the FAO which makes it particularly rewarding for me and Minister Bibeau to celebrate this 75th anniversary," said Sonny Perdue, U.S. secretary of agriculture.

"Our shared purpose from the FAO constitution from 1945 is still enduring," he said. "At that time, we established our commitment to raising levels of nutrition and standards of people, increasing the efficiency of the production and distribution of food, bettering the condition of rural populations, and lastly, all the while expanding the world economy to ensure freedom from hunger."

FAO and its partners are still working toward the goal of eradicating hunger.

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