Subregional Office

 

SFW Mandate

Mr. Musa Saihou Mbenga - SRC for SFW

SFW mandate is to contribute to enhance the capacities of member countries to halve the proportion of food insecure and impoverished by 2015 by significantly increasing food availability, accessibility and utilization on a sustainable basis without sacrificing the natural resource-base while reducing the inequities between gender and between social groups and agro-ecological zones.

It is primarily responsible for the overall identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in West Africa. It serves as the focal point for addressing sub region-wide food and agriculture issues, maintaining and developing relations with SROs and institutions including ECOWAS, CILSS, UEMOA, MRU, etc.

The Sub Regional Coordinator’s (SRC) office ensures the efficient functioning of the Multi Disciplinary Team and the Senior Management Team as well as FAO country Representations; oversees the utilization of the staff and resources allocated; identifies West Africa countries’ priorities. She/he coordinates the development of the strategic plan, the Medium Term Plan (MTP), the PWB of the sub region and related work plans, provides support for, and ensures the implementation of, the corporate, global, regional and sub regional activities under the supervision of FAO/RR, with the functional guidance of the relevant units at headquarters and in close cooperation with Country offices, OCD and TC Department. The SRC is ultimately responsible for the alignment and compliance of sub regional and Country Representation activities with RAF, sub regional and country level priorities.

The broad vision of the FAO Sub-regional Office for West Africa (SFW) is to “helping ECOWAS members to reduce poverty, promote food security and curb marginalization” by providing assistance to and addressing the needs of all 15 SFW member countries to accelerate, on a sustainable basis, the rate of growth of    agricultural productivity and improve the competitiveness of their agricultural sector in a    broad-based and gender-sensitive enhancement of food security and poverty reduction, while preserving the natural resource base.

The SFW Mission is to contribute to enhance the capacity of member countries to halve the proportion of food insecure and impoverished by 2015 by significantly increasing food availability, accessibility and utilization on a sustainable basis without sacrificing the natural resource-base while reducing the inequities between gender and between social groups and agro-ecological zones