The Food Facility responds to FAO’s urgent calls for increased investment in agriculture after three decades of decline.
It targets the transition period from emergency aid to longer-term development. FAO is helping to boost agricultural production by working with local communities and farmer organizations on quality agricultural inputs, seed and livestock production, extension, access to markets, storage, irrigation and conservation agriculture.
A small portion of funds were diverted to contribute to FAO’s relief efforts following emergencies in countries where FAO was already operating Food Facility projects, such as Haiti and Pakistan.
Set up in close collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, the Food Facility focuses on programmes that will have a quick but lasting impact on food security.
EUFF projects are embedded in government policies for food security and poverty reduction and are in line with government programmes to address the food price crisis.
Boosting agricultural productivity
Helping developing countries move towards long-term food security, FAO projects under the EU Food Facility cover the following areas:
- expanding certified seed production
- ensuring access to quality inputs and appropriate extension
- strengthening existing farmer-based organizations
- improving storage infrastructure
- facilitating linkages to markets
- establishing and strengthening community-managed irrigation schemes
- increasing livestock production
- promoting conservation agriculture