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 2018 - 2020

Term of office relates to the standard three-year periods for which Member States are elected by ECOSOC () or FAO Council (●) respectively.  As noted above, Member States may stand down for one or two years within this period, offering their seat to another Member State.

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List A
2018
2019
2020
Algeria
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Null
FAO Council
Benin
FAO Council
Null
Null

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.

Congo
Null
FAO Council
Null
Egypt
Null
ECOSOC
Null
Equatorial Guinea
Null
Null
FAO Council

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

Lesotho
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Liberia
ECOSOC
Null
Null
Sudan
Null
ECOSOC
Null
Zimbabwe
Null
FAO Council
Null

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.

ECOSOC
FAO Council
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List B
2018
2019
2020
Afghanistan
FAO Council
Null
Null
Bangladesh
ECOSOC
Null
Null
China
Null
Null
ECOSOC
India
ECOSOC
Null
Null
Kuwait
FAO Council
Null
Null
Pakistan
Null
FAO Council
Null
Saudi Arabia
Null
ECOSOC
Null
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null
List C
2018
2019
2020
Argentina
Null
FAO Council
Null
Brazil
Null
Null
FAO Council
Colombia
Null
ECOSOC
Null

Mexico and Colombia reached an agreement to share an ECOSOC-elected seat with Mexico serving in 2017 and Colombia in 2018 and 2019.

Guatemala
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Peru
FAO Council
Null
Null

As per agreement reached in GRULAC (PPT-MEX-187-2016), Peru will fill the FAO Council-elected seat in 2017 and 2018.

ECOSOC
FAO Council
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List D
2018
2019
2020
Belgium
Null
Null
FAO Council
Canada
Null
FAO Council
Null
France
ECOSOC
Null
Null
Germany
Null
FAO Council
Null
Greece
Null
ECOSOC
Null

At the 19 April 2017 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) 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 to 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 to 31 December 2018. Within List D, an agreement has been reached, to be confirmed during the April 2018 ECOSOC CMM elections: Finland and Spain will respectively take up the seats from Norway and Greece to complete the third year of the terms of office from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Ireland
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Null
FAO Council
Japan
Null
Null
ECOSOC
New Zealand
ECOSOC
Null
Null

At the 19 April 2017 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) 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 to 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 to 31 December 2018. Within List D, an agreement has been reached, to be confirmed during the April 2018 ECOSOC CMM elections: Finland and Spain will respectively take up the seats from Norway and Greece to complete the third year of the terms of office from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Norway
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ECOSOC
Null

At the 19 April 2017 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) 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 to 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 to 31 December 2018. Within List D, an agreement has been reached, to be confirmed during the April 2018 ECOSOC CMM elections: Finland and Spain will respectively take up the seats from Norway and Greece to complete the third year of the terms of office from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Switzerland
FAO Council
Null
Null

As per agreement reached in List D, Switzerland takes over from Sweden for the FAO Council-elected seat for 2017 and 2018.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Null
Null
ECOSOC
United States of America
FAO Council
Null
Null
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null
List E
2018
2019
2020
Hungary
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Poland
Null
Null
FAO Council
Russian Federation
ECOSOC
Null
Null
ECOSOC
FAO Council
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