Members of the Board

Of the Executive Board's 36 States 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; within electoral Lists and among States Members, agreements could be reached whereby the three-year term is split between more than one State Member. Elections by the Economic and Social Council are normally held in April and those by the FAO Council in December. 

The broader WFP membership including both Board members and observers, and a description of the distribution of seats may also be found in Appendixes A and B of the General Regulations and Rules.

Composition of the Members of the Board 2020 - 2022

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.

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Term of office expiring at the end of
List A
2020
2021
2022
Algeria
FAO Council
Null
Null
Angola
Null
Null
FAO Council

Angola and South Africa reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat for the period 2020–2022, with Angola serving in 2020 and 2021 and South Africa serving in 2022.

Burkina Faso
Null
ECOSOC
Null
Burundi
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Côte d'Ivoire
Null
FAO Council
Null

Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Nigeria serving in 2019 and Côte d’Ivoire serving in 2020 and 2021.

Equatorial Guinea
FAO Council
Null
Null

The rotating seat is to be occupied by a country of: List A Third Term 2018/2019/2020, held by Equatorial Guinea; and List C Fourth Term 2021/2022/2023.

Lesotho
ECOSOC
Null
Null
Madagascar
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Somalia
Null
Null
FAO Council
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null
Term of office expiring at the end of
List B
2020
2021
2022
China
ECOSOC
Null
Null
India
Null
FAO Council
Null

Afghanistan and India reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Afghanistan serving in 2019 and India serving in 2020 and 2021.

Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Null
ECOSOC
Null
Kuwait
Null
FAO Council
Null

Kuwait and Afghanistan reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Kuwait serving in 2019 and 2020 and Afghanistan serving in 2021.

Republic of Korea
Null
ECOSOC
Null
Saudi Arabia
Null
Null
FAO Council
Turkmenistan
Null
Null
ECOSOC
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null
Term of office expiring at the end of
List C
2020
2021
2022
Argentina
Null
Null
FAO Council

Argentina and Dominican Republic reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Argentina serving in 2020 and Dominican Republic serving in 2021 and 2022.

Brazil
FAO Council
Null
Null
Cuba
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Guatemala
ECOSOC
Null
Null
Peru
Null
FAO Council
Null

Mexico and Peru reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Mexico serving in 2019 and Peru serving in 2020 and 2021.

ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null
Term of office expiring at the end of
List D
2020
2021
2022
Australia
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Austria
Null
ECOSOC
Null

At the 12th plenary session of the management meeting of ECOSOC held on 7 May 2019, ECOSOC was informed that Switzerland would resign from its seat effective 31 December 2019. ECOSOC then elected by acclamation Austria to complete the term of office of Switzerland from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021. (ECOSOC decision 2019/201 C)

Canada
Null
Null
FAO Council
Denmark
FAO Council
Null
Null

At the 163rd FAO Council held on 5 December 2019, the Council was informed that Belgium and Ireland would resign their seats effective 31 December2019, with Denmark and Norway completing their respective terms from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Germany
Null
Null
FAO Council
Japan
ECOSOC
Null
Null
Netherlands
Null
FAO Council
Null
Norway
FAO Council
Null
Null

At the 163rd FAO Council held on 5 December 2019, the Council was informed that Belgium and Ireland would resign their seats effective 31 December2019, with Denmark and Norway completing their respective terms from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Spain
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Sweden
Null
ECOSOC
Null
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
ECOSOC
Null
Null
United States of America
Null
FAO Council
Null
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null
Term of office expiring at the end of
List E
2020
2021
2022
Hungary
ECOSOC
Null
Null
Poland
FAO Council
Null
Null
Russian Federation
Null
ECOSOC
Null
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null