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Programmes and projects

The FAO Regional Office, through its field programme, provides technical assistance to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in their fight against hunger by supporting the implementation of projects in food and nutrition security, promotion of family farming, guidance on animal and plant health and food safety, among others.

This programme is born out of the interest of the Government of Brazil and FAO to share experiences and lessons learned in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The programme aims to guide the development and implementation of regional projects in order to support triangular cooperation initiatives in areas such as public policies related to food and nutrition security and school feeding; agriculture, development of fisheries and aquaculture, forests, poverty reduction strategies and sustainable rural development for the benefit of developing countries.

The Spain-FAO programme seeks to strengthen the work of FAO technical assistance to countries and improve the efficiency/effectiveness of cooperation processes in support of the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative; working to strengthen the institutionalization and implementation of policies and programs for food and nutrition security; supporting policies for the development of family farming; and strengthening policies and strategies for the prevention, control and eradication of transboundary diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease.

Also promotes the creation of spaces for dialogue and civil society participation; with efforts to harmonize the Spanish Cooperation and other donors to concrete relevant actions in target countries, while encouraging national appropriation.

The project provides support in the development of food and nutrition security by working with governments, parliaments, civil society and regional integration bodies. Technical backstopping is provided in institutional strengthening, design and implementation of regulatory frameworks, public policy, plans programmes and actions for hunger eradication, as well as resource allocation schemes in line with the magnitude of the problem in each country.

The PESA is one of the high priority initiatives of FAO to contribute to the fulfillment of the agreements of the World Food Summits (1996 and 2002), and the commitments of the Millennium Declaration of reducing hunger by half by 2015. This initiative aims to support countries that have food insecurity with attention to the most vulnerable population. PESA projects are conceived as instruments to promote effective solutions to eradicate hunger, undernourishment and poverty.

Regional Programme of Triangular Cooperation Venezuela-FAO for Latin America and the Caribbean, SANA

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and FAO have launched the Regional Programme of Triangular Cooperation Venezuela-FAO for Latin America and the Caribbean, SANA, within the framework of the Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative Without Hunger (IALCSH for its acronym in Spanish), which allows Venezuela to share its extense experience in mechanisms to guarantee the human right to food, through programs and policies that promote Food and Nutritional Security (SAN for its acronym in Spanish), through innovative initiatives of South-South Cooperation.

The program seeks to involve and integrate all actors to join forces in the struggle against hunger, through three lines of action: strengthening rural leaders and social organizations to their impact on the definition of agendas related to the SAN, strengthening the capacities of family farming organizations and governments to create opportunities for exchange and joint marketing of food and support in the implementation of regional and subregional initiatives to eradicate hunger and poverty, especially Hugo Chavez Plan to eradicate hunger in Petrocaribe and ALBA countries

The Agreement signed on May 9, 2014 between the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has established an International Cooperation Programme between the Government of Mexico and FAO to strengthen public policies in family farming, food security and nutrition in countries of Central America, Dominican Republic and Colombia.

Mesoamerica Without Hunger aims at strengthening local, national and regional institutional frameworks to reach Food Security and Nutrition (SAN), and particular attention to family farming through activities contributing to the achievement of specific goals in each member country.