FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Thanks to an agreement signed between FAO and the Government of Chile, this country has hosted the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (FAO RLC) since 1955.

Currently, 33 countries in Latin American and the Caribbean participate in and benefit from FAO's activities. In order to make relations between governments smoother and more direct, national representations have been established in the majority of the region's countries, including subregional offices for South America, the Caribbean and Central America.


Brief history of FAO

  • 1943

    Representatives from 44 countries meet in Hot Springs, Virginia, United States, and pledged to establish a permanent organization dedicated to food and agriculture.

  • 1945

    FAO is established as a specialized agency under the United Nations Organization at the first session of the FAO Conference, held in Quebec, Canada.

  • 1951

    FAO Headquarters is moved from Washington, D.C., United States, to Rome, Italy.

  • 1960

    The World Campaign against hunger is initiated to mobilize non-governmental support.

  • 1962

    The FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission, is created to establish food guidelines, begins operations.

  • 1974

    The World Food Conference of the United Nations Organization, held in Rome, recommends the adoption of an international pledge for global food security.

  • 1976

    Technical Cooperation Department is established to provide greater flexibility for emergency situation response.

  • 1980

    FAO signs 56 agreements to assign organization representatives in developing Member States.

  • 1981

    More than 150 countries observe the first World Food Day on 16 October.

  • 1986

    AGROSTAT (now FAOSTAT), the world’s largest source of food statistics and information, goes into operation.

  • 1991

    Ninety-two signers ratify the International Plant Protection Convention.

  • 1994

    FAO impliments the Special Program for Food Security (PESA), directed toward low-income food-deficit countries (LIFDC). The Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases (EMPRES) is established to bolster the organization's aid in preventing, fighting against and, when possible, eradicating diseases and plagues. FAO begins its most important restructuring process from the ground up, aiming to decentralize its activities, rationalize procedures and lower costs.

  • 1995

    FAO celebrates its 50th anniversary.

  • 1996

    FAO celebrates the World Food Summit in November, with 186 chiefs of state or government invited to discuss and combat world hunger.

  • 1997

    FAO begins the TeleFood initiative against hunger. TeleFood '97 reaches 500 million people worldwide. La FAO pone en marcha la iniciativa una campaña contra el hambre. TeleFood '97 capta a un público mundial de 500 millones de personas.

  • 1998

    In Rotterdam a legally binding convention is adopted to regulate sale of pesticides and other dangerous substances, promoted by FAO.

  • 1999

    The FAO Fishery Committee adopts an action plan on fishing volume, sharks, and marine birds.

  • 2001

    The FAO Conference approves the legally binding International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. This supports the work of plant breeders and farmers worldwide.

  • 2002

    World Food Summit: five years after the summit, when delegations from 179 countries including the European commission were in attendance, they make the international pledge to reduce hunger by half by the year 2015.

  • 2004

    FAO announces that the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has been put into effect. The legally-binding treaty is fundamental to promoting sustainable agriculture through fair distribution and benefits of genetic material among plant breeders, farmers, the public and private research institutions.

  • 2005

    FAO celebrates the 60th anniversary of its founding with a ceremony attended by chiefs of state and government, ministers and other world dignitaries. Director General Jacques Diouf is elected for his third six-year term. The FAO Conference approves additional reforms, including decentralization of personnel.

  • 2006

    FAO inaugurates its Crisis Management Center, equipped with the latest technology, to combat bird flu and respond to other animal health emergencies or food safety. This service surveys outbreaks and in less than 48 hours sends out experts to anywhere in the world where a crisis erupts. Representatives from 96 FAO Member States who attended the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development, held in Brazil, make a joint declaration recognizing the work of agrarian reform and rural development in the framework of sustainable development.

  • 2007

    The 119 countries that make up the FAO Committee on Fisheries in Rome agree on a budget for creating a legally binding measure to fight illegal, undeclared and unregulated fishing practices that cause severe economic, social, biological and environmental damage.

  • 2008

    FAO holds a high-level conference from 3 to 5 June on the effects of climate change and the rise in biofuels in food safety and food prices. Forty-three chiefs of state and 100 government ministers attended the conference, during which a resolution to increase aid and investment in agriculture in developing countries was adopted.

  • 2009

    Due to the increase of people suffering from hunger to 1.02 billion people, FAO holds a World Summit on Food Security from 16 to 18 November in order to call for greater urgency in the fight against hunger. Sixty chiefs of state and 192 ministers unanimously adopt a declaration for the renewed pledge to eliminate world hunger as soon as possible.

  • 2010

    When the worst floods in Pakistan destroy seed warehouses and kill millions of livestock, FAO responds by distributing wheat seeds to a half a million farming families in time for planting. Another 235,000 families receive feed, medications and shelter for their animals.