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World Hunger and Poverty

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. They help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since their founding in 1945, they have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.

The Hunger Project - The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, The Hunger Project seeks to end hunger and poverty by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children. The Hunger Project carries out its mission through three essential activities: mobilizing village clusters at the grassroots level to build self-reliance, empowering women as key change agents, and forging effective partnerships with local government. Find information on the causes and current conditions of global hunger, as well as ways to end hunger on this site.

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations.

The Millennium Project - The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people. In 2005, the independent advisory body headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, presented its final recommendations to the Secretary-General in a synthesis volume Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The bulk of the Project's work was carried out by 10 thematic Task Forces, each of which also presented its own detailed recommendations in January 2005. The Task Forces comprised a total of more than 250 experts from around the world including: researchers and scientists; policymakers; representatives of NGOs, UN agencies, the World Bank, IMF and the private sector.

Oxfam International - Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 organizations working with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam's programs have three main areas of focus: development work; humanitarian work; and lobbying, advocacy and popular campaigning.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. The organization has country offices in 166 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity. UNDP provides expert advice, training, and grant support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. The UNDP is an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP Administrator is the third highest ranking member of the United Nations after the United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.

World Food Programme - The World Food Programme is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization. WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. Some 10,200 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.