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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations dealing with food security and agricultural development worldwide.

The FAO was established on 16 October 1945 in Quebec city to provide long-term solutions in eradicating hunger and poverty. Today the agency consists of 197 member states.

The FAO is a United Nations specialized agency aimed at the implementation of decisions of the world community in food, agricultural and agro-industrial areas, including recommendations concerning sustainable development, environmental protection and the development of the world commerce.

The FAO gathers, analyzes, interprets and disseminates information on food and agricultural issues. The agency also renders technical assistance to the FAO member states.

On October 22, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko received Director–General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Jacques Diouf. The visit contributed to the Belarus accession to the FAO and in November 2005 the Republic of Belarus became its member state.

Within the FAO, Belarus actively participates in decision-making on relevant international agricultural and food issues and improving efficiency of the FAO. Our country has gained access to the FAO information on the latest innovations in agriculture. The Belarus Agricultural Library is a deposit library of FAO documents.

The national interests of the Republic of Belarus are advocated on FAO forums and meetings. FAO facilities are widely used to demonstrate the potential of Belarus in agricultural, forestry and environment sectors as well as to promote a positive image of our country worldwide.

The adoption of Russian as an official language of the FAO activated the dialogue and provided access for Belarusian experts to the FAO publications.

The activity of the National FAO correspondent and FAO consultant on Transboundary Animal Diseases contributes to the promotion of our interests within the FAO.

In May 2013 Belarus and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations signed the Agreement on FAO technical assistance.

The signing of this agreement allowed Belarus to join the joint FAO-EU project “Improving capacities to eliminate and prevent recurrence of obsolete pesticides as a model for tackling unused hazardous chemicals in the former Soviet Union.” The budget of the project for the Republic of Belarus is 560 thousand euros with the prospect of enlargement. In addition, a technical assistance project “Assistance to control outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Belarus” with a budget of 420 thousand dollars.

FAO’s Country Programme Framework in the Republic of Belarus for 2014-2016 was signed during the visit of the Deputy Director-General of FAO — Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia Mr. V.Rakhmanin to the Republic of Belarus on September 23, 2014. The program includes the implementation of FAO technical assistance projects on management of obsolete pesticides; rapeseed cultivation on territories contaminated with radionuclides as a result of the Chernobyl disaster; rational management and fire protection of forests; food safety; strengthening national capacities to assess, prevent and combat African Swine Fever and others. Total budget of technical assistance projects included in the Country Programme Framework is 3,1 million dollars.