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FAO Capacity Development


Capacity Development
is at the heart of FAO's mandate. 

In FAO’s view, Member Countries lead and manage their own development process, while FAO supports them in this endeavour by strengthening their capacities to achieve their own goals in food security, nutrition and agricultural development. 

FAO targets its capacity development support at individual, organization and policy level. 

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Capacity development in action

Global climate change is recognized as a threat to the health of natural systems. In particular, wetland areas are vulnerable to changes in quantity and quality of their water supply, [...]
Young people and working professionals don’t always have access to the latest thematic knowledge on agricultural development, nutrition and food security. In order to ensure they acquire the knowledge and [...]
Background Developing countries generally possess limited capacity to monitor and report on greenhouse gas emissions. These countries need to strengthen their capacity to respond to the reporting requirements of the United [...]
Background Myanmar has a population of 51 million people, 70-75 percent of which live in rural areas, and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The country is rich in natural resources, [...]
The Great Green Wall initiative is a pan-African programme to improve the resilience and restore the productivity of agro-sylvo-pastoral landscapes affected by Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought in Africa’s drylands [...]
The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 caused a radical overhaul in the political and economic structures of Soviet states, opening them up to the global economy. As a [...]
FAO supports locally owned food security and nutrition information system activities
Started in 1994, the Somalia Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) provides analyses and information on food insecurity and malnutrition in Somalia.  The FSNAU, now in its seventh phase, [...]
FAO works to develop the capacity of the Ministry of Environment and Forests to address environmental, climate change and forestry challenges
In densely populated Bangladesh, people are highly dependent on natural resources. They are also vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to poverty, low adaptation capacities and high dependence [...]
FAO promotes gender equity and improved governance in producer organizations to enhance their representation and participation in policy processes at national and sub-national levels
Producer organizations (POs) are recognized by governments in Africa as an important partner in the fight against poverty and malnutrition. POs enable small-scale producers (e.g. farmers, fisherpeople) to have better [...]

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