Of the Board's 36 members, 18 are elected by the Economic and Social Council and 18 by the FAO Council. Each State Member serves a three-year term and is eligible for re-election. Elections by the Economic and Social Council are normally held in May and those by the FAO Council in November. The broader WFP membership includes both Board members and observers.
A complete list of State Members may be found in Appendix A of the General Regulations; a description of the distribution of seats may be found in Appendix B of the same document.
Composition of the Members of the Board in 2014
Elected by the FAO Council
Elected by ECOSOC
Term of office expiring (1)
31 December 2014
United States of America
| India |
31 December 2015
| Canada |
| 31 December 2016 || |
ECOSOC elections for the three-year term 2014/2015/2016 took place on 25 April (Burundi, Ethiopia, Cuba, Norway and Pakistan)and on 7 November 2013 (Spain).
FAO Council elections for the same three-year term took place on 3 December.
(1) Term of office relates to the standard three-year periods for which State Members are elected by ECOSOC or FAO Council respectively. State Members may stand down for one or two years within this period, offering their seat to another State Member.
(2) Ghana is occupying the rotating seat. The rotating seat is to be occupied by a country of: List A- First term- 2012/2013/2014, List B- Second Term- 2015/2016/2017, List A- Third Term- 2018/2019/2020, and List C- Fourth Term- 2021/2022/2023.
(3) Belgium and Sweden announced their decision to step down through a letter from the List D Convenor on 25 November 2013 and that these two seats would be taken up to Australia and Luxemburg for 2014.