The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO's goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With 195 members - 194 countries and the European Union, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

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Biodiversity is one of Earth's most important resources

We must act now to halt the loss of biodiversity. FAO’s Framework for Action on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture provides a set of recommendations and practical actions to help improve the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity for food and agriculture.

Four ways to protect biodiversity and strengthen ecosystem services
Our future of food depends on biodiversity
Six ways to protect mountain agrobiodiversity
Climate change, biodiversity and nutrition – Helping local heroes tell their stories
Rodrigo Pacheco, FAO Goodwill Ambassador, Video for International Biodiversity Day
Forest ecosystem restoration
Oceans for marine biodiversity
Conserving and using biodiversity for food security
Soil Biodiversity 101
Soil biodiversity beneath our feet
FAO Policy Series: Ecosystem services and biodiversity
Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity
Biodiversity is essential to food and agriculture
Forests and biodiversity
Conserving and using biodiversity for food security
Diversity of Animal Genetic Resources
FAO Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) explainer
FAO Coastal Fisheries Initiative: Empowering women and men in coastal fisheries

KEY PUBLICATIONS

The State of the Worlds Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

Framework for Action on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity

The State of the World’s Forests

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security

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A diagnostic tool for implementing an ecosystem approach to fisheries through policy and legal frameworks

Revised World Soil Charter

System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (SEEA AFF)

FAO Strategy on Mainstreaming Biodiversity across Agricultural Sectors

Sustainable use and conservation of invertebrate pollinators

Mainstreaming biodiversity in forestry

Sharing the benefits of plant genetic diversity: The Benefit-sharing Fund

A handbook for identifying, evaluating and reporting other effective area-based conservation measures in marine fisheries

Climate change, biodiversity and nutrition nexus

Voluntary Guidelines for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Crop Wild Relatives and Wild Food Plants

Voluntary Guidelines for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Farmers' Varieties/Landraces

Voluntary Guidelines for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Policies, Programmes and National and Regional Plans of Action on Nutrition

Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Integration of Genetic Diversity into National Climate Change Adaptation Planning

ABS Elements: Elements to facilitate domestic implementation of access and benefit- sharing for different subsectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture – with explanatory notes

The Ten Elements of Agroecology

Principles for ecosystem restoration to guide the United Nations Decade 2021–2030

Ecosystem restoration for people, nature and climate. Becoming #GenerationRestoration

Standards of practice to guide ecosystem restoration: A contribution to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

A multi-billion-dollar opportunity – Repurposing agricultural support to transform food systems