Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) - One Health Commission

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United

Nations (FAO)


Leading International Efforts to Achieve Food Security for All




The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is in the

process of integrating One Health into its organizational culture, focusing

strategically on issues common to the domains of human, domestic animal, and

wildlife health. Key issues the FAO is focusing on include surveillance and

disease intelligence at the three health domains, the need to improve

biosecurity, mechanisms to address socio-economic disincentives, the need to

address broader developmental issues, communication strategies at different

levels, effective long-term public-private partnership, and the development of a

common monitoring and evaluation framework. FAO is also working to

develop synergy within its own programs to improve collaboration and

streamline efforts.




Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts. FAO's mandate is

to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity and animal health,

better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world



Scope Global


Primary Funders


FAO's overall work is funded by assessed and voluntary contributions. The

assessed contributions are member countries' contributions, set at the biennial

FAO Conference. The voluntary contributions provided by members and other

partners support technical and emergency (including rehabilitation) assistance

to governments, as well as direct support to FAO's core work.


Participants & Key Collaborators


The World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal

Health (OIE), the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, Unicef,

and UN System Influenza Coordination.


Definition of One Health


One Health is a collaborative, international, cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary

mechanism to address threats and reduce risks of detrimental infectious diseases

at the animal-human-ecosystem interface.


Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy


FAO has a formal action plan to increase the One Health approach which has

official endorsement and for which funds needs to be raised. The strategic

framework FAO developed with its partners includes five specific objectives

with numerous key outputs for each. Timeline for implementation will depend

on successful resource mobilization.


Sources of Information


FAO and partners’ One Health strategic framework:

Interview with Katinka de Balogh

Contact Juan Lubroth

Chief, Animal Production and


Katinka de Balogh

Senior Officer, Veterinary Public Health


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