The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat global hunger by focusing on rural development and sustainable natural resources management. The FAO serves as a source of information and a knowledge network, assisting member countries with the development of agricultural policy, effective legislation, and other national strategies that reduce hunger and rural poverty while improving the productivity, sustainability, and resilience of agricultural and food systems. Additionally, the FAO works to include women in agricultural sectors of the economy and ensure equitable distribution of labor, facilitated by increased female access to education and reproductive health services. Furthermore, the FAO acts as a neutral forum for negotiation and policy debate with both developed and developing countries, and it also manages funds provided by industrialized countries, development banks, and other sources. During crises the FAO works in conjunction with the World Food Programme and other humanitarian groups to aid populations worldwide.