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 Rules and 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 2017
Elected by FAO Council
Elected by ECOSOC
Term of Office Expiring(1)
Islamic Republic of Iran(2)
31 December 2017
United States of America
31 December 2018
31 December 2019
The Secretariat wishes to take this opportunity to advise the Member States that the Bureau of the Executive Board will be elected at the First Regular Session of the year 2017.
(1) Term of office relates to the standard three-year periods for which Member States are elected by ECOSOC or FAO Council respectively. Member States may stand down for one or two years within this period, offering their seat to another Member State.
(2) The rotating seat is to be occupied by a country of: List B - Second Term - 2015/2016/2017, List A - Third Term - 2018/2019/2020, and List C - Fourth Term - 2021/2022/2023.
[i] Brazil and Guatemala reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Brazil serving in 2015, Guatemala in 2016 and Brazil in 2017.
[ii] At the 19 April 2017 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting election, Swaziland resigned its seat effective 19 April 2017 and Lesotho was endorsed by the countries of List A to complete the term of office from the date of election, expiring on 31 December 2017.
[iii] Mauritania and Benin reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Mauritania serving in 2016, and Benin serving in 2017 and 2018.
[iv] As per agreement reached in GRULAC (PPT-MEX-187-2016), Peru will fill the FAO Council-elected seat in 2017 and 2018.
[v] As per agreement reached in List D, Switzerland takes over from Sweden for the FAO Council-elected seat for 2017 and 2018.
[vi] At the 19 April 2017 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting election, the following was endorsed by the countries of List D: Finland and Spain will resign their seats effective 31 December 2017, with Norway and Greece completing their respective terms of office from 1 January 2018, expiring 31 December 2019; and Netherlands will resign its seat effective 31 December 2017, with New Zealand completing the term of office from 1 January 2018, expiring on 31 December 2018.
[vii] Zimbabwe and Angola reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Zimbabwe serving in 2017 and 2018, and Angola serving in 2019.
[viii] Mexico and Colombia reached an agreement to share an ECOSOC-elected seat with Mexico serving in 2017 and Colombia in 2018 and 2019.