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Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA)

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The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) is the focal point for FAO’s research and policy analysis on agricultural and economic development.

The division produces evidence–based policy analysis and strengthens the capacity of member countries to improve decision-making on food security and nutrition, resilience, climate smart agriculture, and agribusiness and rural transformation. 

Areas of work

Global dimensions of food security and nutrition

FAO assists countries transition to more sustainable food and agriculture systems by assessing global trends and supporting governance mechanisms related to food security and nutrition.

Contact: Marco Sanchez-Cantillo

Food security and resilience

FAO promotes improved food security analysis and policies through two interlinked thematic areas – policy-oriented food security information systems and evidence-based policy processes that engage a wide range of policy platforms.

Contact: Luca Russo

Sustainable markets, agribusiness and rural transformations

FAO’s work towards addressing sustainable structural transformation of food systems and associated agribusiness transition includes smallholder farming systems, agribusinesses, value chains, agri-food policy analysis, and climate-smart investments.

Contact: David Neven

Economic and policy analysis of climate change

FAO works with partners to support the transition to climate-smart agriculture by building evidence on the interactions between agricultural systems, climate change and food security.

Contact: Ada Ignaciuk