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FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands

About the office

The FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands was established in 1996 in Samoa to coordinate the work of FAO in the Pacific region. The member countries are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Tokelau is an Associate Member.

The FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands (FAO SAP) is a technical hub which supports 14 countries in the Pacific. It is responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing programmes and projects to address food security, nutrition, agriculture and rural development priorities.

FAO SAP works with national governments and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for national and regional assistance. The biennial meeting of FAO South West Pacific Ministers for Agriculture aligns FAO assistance with the priorities of the region.

Headed by the Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands, the FAO SAP office has a Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) comprised of technical officers, consultants and administrators. A network of country focal points in the Pacific Islands assist the work of FAO SAP team.

The Pacific Multi-Country Programming Framework (CPF) Document 2013-2017 provides the framework to help guide the design of projects and programmes for the region. The CPF details four priority result areas which were identified in broad consultation with national governments and stakeholders.

FAO SAP fosters partnerships with relevant government ministries, private sector and farmers’ organizations and NGOs in the Pacific. FAO SAP works closely on various projects with UN agencies and the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific. 

Priority areas

  • Evidence-based Policy and Strategic Planning;
  • Food and Nutrition Security Resilient to the Impacts of Disasters and Climate Change;
  • Value/Supply Chain Efficiency and Market Linkages;
  • Environmental Management and Resilience.

Subregional Coordinator


FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific

UN Compound Lauofo Meti’s Building Matautu-Uta,
Apia, SAMOA.

Mailing Address:

FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Private Mail Bag

Apia, SAMOA.

Tel: +685 22127
Fax: +685 22126

E-mail: FAO-SRO-Pacific@fao.org