Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands

Regional Partners

FAO Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands (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.


FAO SAP works closely with the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) on various projects. They include the Pacific Expert Group on Food Security and Climate Change, established by FAO and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in October 2008. Three CROP agencies - the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and SPREP - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FAO SAP. 


In April 2010, a Food Security Framework for Action was developed by Pacific Food Summit stakeholders to promote partnerships in food security.


FAO is one of the partner organizations implementing the European Union All Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Agricultural Commodities Program (EU-AAACP)in the Pacific. FAO, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Bank (WB)  are collaborating to define fruit and vegetable strategies for markets and product development.


FAO and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are drafting an MOU on cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. It covers food and nutrition security, fisheries, climate change, coastal management, food safety, information systems, land tenure, and public-private sector cooperation on food and agriculture.