Context: Indian PM recently released commemorative coins of Rs 75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of FAO today through video conferencing.

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  • Indian PM also dedicated 17 recently developed biofortified varieties of eight crops to the nation.
  • The coin marks the long-standing relation of India with FAO.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

  • It is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
  • Headquarters: Rome, Italy
  • Founded: 16 October 1945
  • Objective: To achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. 
  • With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

Role played by FAO

  • FAO has helped to increase agricultural production and eradicate hunger all over the world, including India.
  • It has played a huge role in increasing nutrition and its service is respected by more than 130 crore Indians. 
  • Indian PM said this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Program is also a major achievement for the FAO.

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