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 2019 - 2021

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
2019
2020
2021
Algeria
Null
FAO Council
Null
Angola
FAO Council
Null
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.

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

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
ECOSOC
Null
Nigeria
Null
Null
FAO Council

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.

Sudan
ECOSOC
Null
Null
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null
Term of office expiring at the end of
List B
2019
2020
2021
Afghanistan
Null
Null
FAO Council

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.

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

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.

Pakistan
FAO Council
Null
Null
Republic of Korea
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Saudi Arabia
ECOSOC
Null
Null
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null
Term of office expiring at the end of
List C
2019
2020
2021
Argentina
FAO Council
Null
Null
Brazil
Null
FAO Council
Null
Colombia
ECOSOC
Null
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
ECOSOC
Null
Mexico
Null
Null
FAO Council

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
2019
2020
2021
Belgium
Null
FAO Council
Null
Canada
FAO Council
Null
Null
Germany
FAO Council
Null
Null
Ireland
Null
FAO Council
Null
Japan
Null
ECOSOC
Null
Luxembourg
ECOSOC
Null
Null

At the 16 April 2018 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) election, the following was endorsed: Greece and Norway will resign their seats effective 31 December 2018, with Spain and Luxembourg completing their respective terms of office from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Netherlands
Null
Null
FAO Council
Spain
ECOSOC
Null
Null

At the 16 April 2018 ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) election, the following was endorsed: Greece and Norway will resign their seats effective 31 December 2018, with Spain and Luxembourg completing their respective terms of office from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Sweden
Null
Null
ECOSOC
Switzerland
Null
Null
ECOSOC
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Null
ECOSOC
Null
United States of America
Null
Null
FAO Council
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null
Term of office expiring at the end of
List E
2019
2020
2021
Hungary
Null
ECOSOC
Null
Poland
Null
FAO Council
Null
Russian Federation
Null
Null
ECOSOC
ECOSOC
FAO Council
Null