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FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Our team

Climate change and environmental sustainability

Achieving sufficient food production for a growing population becomes an even greater challenge when faced with possible impacts of climate change. For millions of people living in fragile ecosystems, climate change can greatly increase the risk of crop failure and loss of livestock. Climate change will most likely have the strongest impact on the most vulnerable and food-insecure countries, those least resilient to heightened irregularity of weather phenomenon and increased extreme events. The Division works in a variety of areas to help member countries adapt to the consequences of climate change, including disaster risk management, with technical support and capacity building, policy tools, institutional strengthening, guidelines and good practices and provision of basic data and information.

Sally Bunning
Senior Land and Water Development Officer
Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 229 232 170

Ignacia Holmes
Policy, Environment and Climate Change Officer
Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 229 232 280

Anna Ricoy
Disaster Risk Management Coordinator

Livestock development

The accelerated growth of livestock farming has allowed Latin America to become the largest beef and poultry exporter in the world, representing around 45% of the region's agricultural GDP. Nevertheless, this growth requires a focus on sustainability to avoid growing stress on the region's natural resources and the environment.

Andrés González
Livestock Officer
Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 229 232 358

Family Farming

Family Farming is a key area in hunger eradication and change towards sustainable agriculture systems in Latin America and the world. FAO is working hand to hand with authorities throughout the region, producer organizations, the private sector and the civil society to support the formulation and adoption of policies and programs that will increase the production of goods and services that come from sustainable family farming, thus contributing to the livelihood of rural families in the region.

Luiz Carlos Beduschi
Oficial de Políticas en Desarrollo Territorial
Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 229 232 282


Good nutrition is our first defence against disease and our source of energy to live and be active. Nutritional problems caused by an inadequate diet can be of many sorts, and when they affect a generation of youngsters, they can lower their learning capacities, thus compromising their futures, perpetuating a generational cycle of poverty and malnutrition, with severe consequences on both individuals and nations.

Israel Ríos-Castillo
Regional Nutrition Officer
Panama City
Phone: (507) 301 0326

Fisheries and Aquaculture

The contribution of aquaculture to the regional economy has grown substantially over the past 10 years. It provides employment for over 200,000 people directly and about 500,000 indirectly. FAO promotes sustainable production of fisheries and aquaculture, to protect the resource and supports artisanal and small producers.

Alejandro Flores
Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer
Ciudad de Panamá


John Jorgensen
Fishery and Aquaculture Officer
Ciudad de Panamá
Tel. (507) 3010326

Javier Villanueva
Ciudad de Panamá

Food and Nutrition Security

Food production in Latin America and the Caribbean can easily meet the needs of its entire population. The problem of hunger in the region is not due to a lack of food, but a lack of access for the poorest in the region.

Ricardo Rapallo
Food Security Officer
Santiago de Chile

Food Safety and Quality

FAO is committed to the enhancement of food safety and quality along the food chain at all levels protecting consumers and promoting fair practices in food trade trough the adoption of the standards made by Codex Alimentarius.

Marisa Caipo
Food Safety and Quality Officer
Tel: +56 229 232 162


The main challenge for the region is to tackle deforestation, which has declined in recent years but remains high. In a positive contrast, the area of ​​forest designated for conservation of biodiversity in the region has grown by 3 million hectares per year since 2000.

Hivy Ortiz Chour
Forestry Officer
Santiago, Chile
Tel: (56-2) 2923-2137


As an intergovernmental organization, FAO works with a large range of partners. By joining forces and working in partnership, the Organization and its partners can support the achievement of FAO's five Strategic Objectives.

Dulclair Sternadt
Partnerships Officer
Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 229 232 355

Plant Protection

FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) promotes Sustainable Intensification of Crop Production. This approach requires the integration and harmonization of all appropriate crop production policies and practices aimed at increasing crop productivity in a sustainable manner, thereby meeting key millennium development goals aimed at reducing hunger and preserving the natural resources and environment for future use.


FAO statistics collates and disseminates food and agricultural statistics globally. The division develops methodologies and standards for data collection, and holds regular meetings and workshops to support member countries develop statistical systems. We produce publications, working papers and statistical yearbooks that cover food security, prices, production and trade and agri-environmental statistics.

Verónica Boero
Regional Statistician
Tel: +56 229 232 284

South-South Cooperation

As a facilitator of South-South Cooperation (SSC), FAO brings together countries that have development solutions with countries that are also interested in applying them. By bringing partners together, FAO supports SSC facilitating dialogue between governments, institutions, civil society and the private sector, providing a framework for cooperation within which exchanges take place among countries, institutions, cooperatives, farmers and international organizations, offering technical oversight and ensuring international standards, working through FAO's extensive country level presence, allowing for engagement, support and follow-up with national authorities and other relevant stakeholders and mobilizing resources for and raising the visibility of South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

Dina López
South-South Cooperation Officer
Tel: +56 229 232 239


Communication is at the heart of FAO's mission to help build consensus for a world without hunger. The effectiveness and credibility of the Organization as a policy-making forum and unique multilingual centre of excellence, knowledge and technical expertise depends to a considerable degree on its ability to communicate its work to harness efforts to eradicate hunger.

The Communication unit is responsible for all corporate and internal communication activities of the Organization. It ensures coherence and consistency in FAO's corporate messaging and communications' outputs, as well as enables cost-effectiveness in use of communication-related resources across the Organization.

Cecilia Valdés
Communications Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean
Tel: +56 229 232 139

Anne Delannoy
Tel: +56 229 232 352

Benjamín Labatut
National Comunications Officer
Tel: +56 229 232 174