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The Food and Agriculture Organisation was founded in 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. Today, FAO is the largest specialised agency in the United Nations system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and rural development. An intergovernmental organisation, FAO has 175 Member Nations plus a member organisation, the European Community. Since its inception, FAO has worked to alleviate poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, improved nutrition and the pursuit of food security - the access of all people at all times to the food they need for an active and healthy life.

In Thailand, FAO continues to work closely with the government primarily through the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives (MOAC) and has also become involved in interagency work.  FAO chairs the thematic working group on Poverty Alleviation, Rural Development and Food Security. A proposal was also signed by UNDP and FAO for a project on gender in poverty. In addition four Technical Co-operation Program (TCP) projects and nine Telefood projects were ongoing during 2000.




Four TCP Projects including:

  • Mushroom training for disabled people.
  • Preparation assistance for Natural resources Management.

Assisted the government,  with technical expertise and trained community members with skills to  share with the community as a whole.

Nine Telefood (small-scale) projects for promoting alternative livelihoods and methods to ensure food security in areas throughout Thailand. Examples include:

  • Securing food and livelihood of fisher folk in Phanga Bay.
  • Native chicken raising in Huay Taptan district, Srisaket Province.
  • Dried banana processing in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.

Provided rural communities with the means to increase their food security and increase income.














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