Pakistan on Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

A commemorative postage stamp on the 10th Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) Regional Conference for the Near East, Islamabad :

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United NationsIssued by Pakistan

Issued on Sep 12, 1970

Issued for : To commemorate the 10th F.A.O. Regional Conference for the Near East, the first conference of its kind being held in Pakistan at Islamabad from 12th to 22nd September, 1970, the Pakistan Post Office is issuing a postage stamp of 20-Paisa denomination on 12.9.1970.

Design : The format of the stamp is horizontal. The design depicts as its subject, a Tractor on the left and a fertilizer factory on the right foreground, lying against a background of fields in shades of green. The green panel at the bottom has the word ‘Pakistan‘ in Bengali, Urdu and English in reverse. The value “20 Paisa” the word ‘Postage’, the caption ’10th F.A.O. Regional Conference for the Near East Islamabad‘ at the top, the tractor and the factory are in brown. The symbol of FAO occupies the left bottom corner in green.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 20 Paisa

Colour : Brown and Green

Size of stamp : 49.2 x 30.7 mm.

Size of print : 46.2 x 27.7 mm.

Perforation gauge : 13 x 13 (c)

Quantity printed : 15,00,000

Number of stamps in each sheet : 50

Process of printing : Litho Offset

Printers : The Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi

About : 

  • There has never been any time in history of mankind when every body in the world had plenty of food. Even today some-thing like 16 per cent of the world’s people are underfed or actually hungry. About one-half of world’s people do not get enough of the quality foods, particularly the proteins needed for a healthy and productive life.
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is an agency for international action, to fight poverty, malnutrition and hunger which affect half the people in the world. It is an independent organization in the United Nations family of specialized agencies which was set up in 1945 to help the people of the world in their fight against hunger and malnutrition. Its membership has increased from 42 countries in 1945 to 119 today.
  • FAO is a force of about 5,500 men and women working all over the world to gauge the extent and complexity of the food problem and to help solve it by providing advice and technical assistance and by helping to mobilize capital backing for development programme. FAO has three pronged activities. It collects, analysis and disseminates basic information about food and agriculture; through its international technical staff; it provides direct technical advice and aid to member countries; and it promotes co-operative action for solving general and regional problems.
  • FAO has divided the world into various regions. Pakistan due to its geographical situation falls both in the Near East Region and Asia and the Far East Region. Regional Conferences are held regularly every second year during the non-FAO’s Main Conference year. The sessions of the Conference are held in Member Countries of the Region by rotation as far as possible. There are 19 member countries of the Near East Region. The 10th FAO Regional Conference for Near East is in the series of these meetings and is being held in Pakistan for the first time. This is one of the most important meetings of the FAO, the primary role of which is to facilitate policy decisions at high level with regard to national and international action for a coordinated development of agriculture in the Region.
  • Pakistan has been an active member of the FAO and has received substantial aid from this organization under its various programmes. Under the World Food Programme and the Freedom from Hunger Campaign, Pakistan has received aid to the tune of Rs. 47.8 million. Besides, large number of experts and training facilities have been provided by FAO. It was through the active cooperation of the FAO that Pakistan is steadily advancing on the road to Green Revolution.
  • FAO has recently enunciated its new strategy of development. It consists of the following five areas of concentration :
    • (i) High Yielding Varieties of Basic Food Crops;
    • (ii) Bridging the Protein gap;
    • (iii) War on Waste;
    • (iv) Mobilizing human resources; and
    • (v) Earthing and saving of foreign exchange.
  • These are considered ‘Five keys to development‘ and FAO and its member countries are keen to concentrate on them with a view to accelerating food production in individual countries and the world as a whole to fight hunger and malnutrition. With concerted cooperative effort, it is hoped mankind may one day solve the food problem.

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