FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
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Two FAO-Turkey Partnership Programmes aim to provide a substantive, financial and operational framework for active cooperation on food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable management of forests and tree resources.

The programmes benefit those countries assisted by FAO’s Subregional Office for Central Asia – Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan – and beyond.

FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme

The overarching objective of the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme is to provide assistance on food security and rural poverty reduction in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

A trust fund financed by the Government of Turkey – represented by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock – supports the programme. Established in 2006, the Programme to date has benefitted from trust fund contributions totaling US$ 20 million from Turkey.

The Programme is demand-driven, responding to priority problems identified by national or subregional stakeholders and expressed in the form of official requests.

Work is focused in six broad areas – food security, agricultural and rural development, natural resources management including forestry and fisheries, agricultural policies, food safety, and animal and plant genetic resources.

Operational arrangements are designed to minimize bureaucracy and maximize efficiency and flexibility. A Steering Committee provides overall policy guidance and orientation, reviews and approves project proposals from countries and partners, and ensures overall supervision and monitoring of the Programme.

The Programme’s second phase (2015-2019) covers work on food security and nutrition, agricultural and rural development, protection and management of natural resources, agricultural policies, and food safety.

FAO-Turkey Forestry Programme

A partnership agreement between FAO and the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey is financed with an annual trust fund contribution of US$ 2 million from the Ministry, over an initial period of five years (2015 – 2019).

Broad areas covered by the agreement include:

  • sustainable land management
  • forest policy and institutional development
  • forest management and protection
  • forest products and services
  • forest and environment
  • people and forests
  • assessment and monitoring
  • cross-cutting issues including mountains and watersheds, trees outside forests, urban and peri-urban forestry and agro-forestry 
  • drought impact mitigation and land degradation assessment.