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The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations organisations in Rome is representing Switzerland at the United Nations Rome based agencies. Rome is the headquarters of the United Nations’ three main international organizations dealing with food and agriculture.
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Since 1946 Switzerland cooperates with The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is a specialized United Nations Agency founded in 1945. As a FAO member Switzerland takes actively part in different FAO foras, contributing and supporting activities and projects of special interest for our country.
Switzerland is a founder member of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). As of 2014, the Fund has 173 Member States. IFAD is a specialized United Nations Agency that was established as an international financial institution in 1977.
The World Food Programme (WFP) was founded in 1961 as the food aid agency of the UN system by the UN General Assembly and the FAO Conference. Among all UN humanitarian agencies, WFP receives the biggest share of Swiss Humanitarian Aid contributions.
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