The FAO Subregional office for Central Asia (SEC) was officially established in August 2006, in Ankara, Turkey.
With the establishment of SEC, the delivery of FAO’s expertise and services at country and Subregional level has been improved with the aim of assisting member countries to attain their food security objectives and the Millennium Development Goals.
Through this office, FAO is better responding to the priority needs of the countries in the subregion, improves its contribution to the work of the United Nations Country Teams, participates in country level inter-agency programming exercises and supports Subregional collaboration in addressing common food security, agriculture and rural development issues.
Most countries of the subregion are in transition from planned to market economies and are in the process of reforming their institutions. In general, they have a great potential for agricultural sector development to enhance food security objectives.
The emphasis of SEC action is placed on competent analysis of and advice in policy reform concerning agriculture, land tenure and natural resources as well as providing technical assistance services in institution building, knowledge and competencies development, training and experience exchange among other countries in overcoming the challenges of transition.
FAO has been instrumental in working at national level to support the development of programmes involving all relevant stakeholders and supporting regional networking.