On a sunny day in Rome's September, CAA Italy organized a tour of the Food and Agriculture Organization, an arm of the United Nations. Our guide, Giorgia, took us on a thorough tour of this Rationalist architectural jewel, including its red, green, and blue conference rooms, where we marveled at the great Italian craftsmanship of the 1940s through '60s. Our group included a lawyer practicing in Kabul, an architect for defense and military architecture, a professor of theology, and professionals from various other fields.
We were welcomed to the private office of Dr. Robert Ridolfi, Assistant Director, General Program Support and Financial Strategy, who outlined the challenges and goals of this premiere humanitarian and scientific organization. Uniting most nations on the globe, the conferences and representation are resolutely organized with one vote, one country, representation and all nations are seated and organized alphabetically. It is a haven for thinking in global terms and FAO is in fact dedicated to the survival of mankind, and all species. Its mandate is "No More Hunger," and to effect this, multiple strategies are enacted, all of which can now be called sustainability studies. The organization was founded after the Second World War and addresses fundamental nutrition issues in both rural and metropolitan areas, with no less attention to the farmer growing with ancient techniques than to new bio-tech technologies.
Our visit was organized by Selby Byashimova, President of CAA Italy, and a financial analyst at FAO. We rounded out our visit with a sweeping view of Rome from the terrace and an aperitivo with our guests at a café nearby.