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Keep track of food security issues at the global level. FAO, IFAD and WFP are the three UN agencies tasked by the UN General Assembly with food and related issues.

At the top, overseeing all global initiatives on food is the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The CFS is the United Nations' forum for reviewing policies concerning world food. It is the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all relevant stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition. This is the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on Global Food Security.
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aims to achieve food security for all, to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. This is reflected in its goals- the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources.
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries.
World Food Program (WFP) The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, they get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of the emergency has passed, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives.
Other UN agencies do look at food agriculture and related issues in an indirect and supportive approach, including UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP et al.