FAO through the Regional Office for Africa is fully engaged in the implementation of the Programme of Work and Budget aligned to the agreed areas of priority action defined its Regional Conferences. Through partnerships, and in alliance with national governments, the Regional Office with the support of technical departments has carried out various interventions in support of agricultural development with actions focused on enhancing agriculture production, sustainable natural resource management and increased market access.
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.