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FAO Food and Agriculture Organization

FAO Archives

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Fonds and Collections:

  • The FAO was created in 1945.
  • The subjects covered by the Organization are: Agriculture, Food and Nutrition , Rural Development, Plant Production and Protection, Animal Production and Health, Agricultural Machinery, Agro-Industries, Agro-Forestry, Forestry, Fisheries, Sustainable Development, Statistics, Agricultural Economics.
  • Historical archives
  • Inactive paper records
  • Confidential personnel files
  • Financial, Personnel records + Contribution files, Conference and Council records
  • Audio-visual material

How to access:

  • The FAO Archives are available for consultation by researchers of FAO member countries at their request and based on their research priorities.
  • The request can be sent at :
  • Please note that typically access to the FAO Archives is for one week.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Revisiting the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): International Histories of Agriculture, Nutrition,and Development


As far as international organizations and their written histories are concerned, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, presents quite a paradox. Though in its early years, the organization itself as well as individual staff members were determined to document and narrate FAO's history, sixty years later many aspects of FAO's history remain largely unknown. The following articles re-examine the history of FAO through a range of new perspectives that shed light on the intellectual roots of rural development ideas within the organization and illuminate the context of specific development missions, as well as the transnational flows of knowledge and expertise.