Title : THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION
Stamp Serial#
1831 
KPC#
C-1393 
MICHEL#
1855 
StanGib#
2173 
Scott#
1829 
Date of Issue
10/16/1995 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
150 won 
Design
A visual portrayal of the 50th anniversary of the FAO and wheat production 
Designer
Won, In-Jae 
Image Area
32mm*22mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 20 (5*4) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
October 16, 1995 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agricuture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The FAO, a specialized agency of the UN with more than 170 member countries, came into being in October 1945, at the first general conference held in Quebec, Canada. Its secretariat is presently headquartered in Rome, Italy. The FAO works to promote the nutritional standards of the world population, to raise worldwide output of farm, fishery and foresty products and the levels of efficiency of their distribution, and to improve the living conditions in rural villages around the globe.

Over the past three decades, the world population has increased by more than 2 billion people, whereas total world food population has doubled. Even if the food production has doubled, it is insufficient for the booming population growth. The FAO found ways to contribute greatly to the development of the world economy and to combat starvation, as evidenced by the increase of the world per capia availability of food from 2,300 kcal in the early 1960s to the present 2,700 kcal. The ratio of the world's total output of agriculturally produced food, to the increase in the world population has recently begun a downward slide. Moreover, crop yields face a critical challenge posed by the pollution of the ecological system and the destruction of natural resources. Thus, 0.8 billion people teeter on the brink of starvation, and more significantly, some 0.2 billion chidren under five years of age, suffer from malnutrition according to the FAO.

The FAO has helped developing countries by a variety of technical assistance programs, publishing statistical yearbooks on agricultural production and trade, adjusting supply and demand, promoting cooperation, and inducing investment in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry. Korea has been playing an active role in the activities of the FAO as a member of its Council.

The Ministry of Information and Communication has issued a new commemorative stamp in honor of the FAO's anniversary, with the hope that the smooth production and disribution of food resources will be realized.