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United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization


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[Flag of UNO] 2:3
image by Željko Heimer based on images drawn by Graham Bartram

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No Flag

FAO has no official flag. We do have a corporate emblem, which might look like a flag in a computer image, depending on the background used. This emblem with its motto "Fiat Panis" are the corporate signatures identifed with FAO. It may appear in blue or white or black.
Jessica Mathewson, 27 March 2008
(Information Resource Specialist, David Lubin Memorial Library, FAO of the United Nations, Rome, Italy)
provided to Ben Cahoon, 27 March 2008

Reported flag usages

[Flag of UN Food and Agriculture Org.]
image by Olivier Touzeau, 3 November 2021

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations works to improve agricultural productivity and food security, and to better the living standards of rural populations.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 24 June 2000

I saw two days ago for the first time the flag of FAO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Unlike most (all?) the other UN agencies this one does not have a blue field: it's a white bed sheet with a (very) large FAO logo in the center. The logo occupies about 7/8ths of the height of the flag and is blue (not the UN blue, the usual FOTW B).
Jorge Candeias, 20 October 1998

Possible variant

[Alternate Flag of UN Food and Agriculture Org.]
Variant used at a 2021 G20 Meeting in Rome; image by Olivier Touzeau, 31 October 2021

The excellent Czech flag book by Ludvík Mucha, shows the FAO flag as identical to the other UNO agencies' flag: white logo on 2:3 UN blue background. The logo to height ratio is about 16:27.

This might be an incorrect flag by Mucha, erroneously depicted analogous to the other UN flags, or it might be an older version of the FAO flag. Or it might also be that the white flag is itself erroneous or just a variant.
António Martins, 12 February 2000

After sending the image I had a look at some U.N. websites to try to find up-to-date images of the flags of the U.N. agencies. No luck - but I did find an FAO site which shows a logo (not a flag) pretty well exactly as shown in the second image here - but on a distinctly *non*-UN dark blue background.
André Coutanche, 14 February 2000