FAO’s interventions in Africa at regional, sub-regional and country level promote an integrated programme approach to food security and nutrition challenges and sustainable development. We are informed by regional priorities and commitments, such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the Malabo declaration, while responding to FAO’s strategic objectives. The main areas of focus are showcased through three Regional Initiatives, namely: supporting Africa’s commitment to end hunger by 2025; promoting sustainable production intensification and value chain development; and, building resilience in Africa’s drylands. The cross-cutting issues of climate change, nutrition, gender, and governance are integral to our work, as is working in partnerships.
The Fund’s main goal is to strengthen food security across the continent by assisting countries and their regional organizations to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. It is a unique financing mechanism that pools resources from Africa’s strongest economies to support national and regional initiatives. Officially launched in 2013, with a total contribution of USD 40 million mainly from Equatorial Guinea and Angola, the Fund is helping people in over 36 African countries.
Action Against Desertification was launched in 2014 to support local communities, government and civil society in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal in the sustainable management and restoration of their dryland forests and rangelands. Until 2014 FAO and partners have been supporting the African Union Commission and thirteen African countries in developing a harmonized regional strategy for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, as well as action plans for individual countries.