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FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Regional Office works on a series of priority areas in order to move towards the total eradication of hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean. Working closely with national governments, civil society, academia, indigenous peoples, the private sector and non-governmental organizations, FAO aims to ensure food security for all men, women and children in the region.

Regional priorities

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

Reconciling food production and natural resources protection in the context of climate change by promoting climate-smart agriculture and sustainable intensification is one of the main strategies of FAO in the region.

FAO aims at building countries' technical and institutional capacity to improve animal health, plant health and food safety, and at developing information systems and health coordination mechanisms between countries to reduce the risks to the region of transboundary pests and diseases.

With a population of some 50 million people, the 670 indigenous peoples living in Latin America and the Caribbean are an indisputable source of identity and diversity. Their agri-food systems, traditional diet and sustainable natural resource production and management systems constitute a resource of incomparable value for achieving a world without hunger.