Field programme

In 2005, there were an estimated 150 FAO field projects related to sustainable mountain development underway in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Near East and Eastern Europe.

Number of on-going FAO field projects related to sustainable mountain development, by region (2004/2005).

The majority of FAO's mountain-related field projects are in Latin America and Asia, regions with the world's highest and most celebrated ranges: the Andes and the Himalaya. In Africa, a striking majority of field projects are located in eastern Africa, along the East African rift zone. In the Near East, one cluster of projects is found in North Africa and another on the Arabian Peninsula, while in Europe FAO's work in mountains focuses on the Carpathians and the eastern foothills of the Alps.  The duration of FAO mountain-related field projects varies from six months to 8 years. The short-term projects are usually emergency interventions in a disaster-prone area or TeleFood Projects. Long-term projects usually include strategies to improve the policy environment for sustainable mountain development.

These field projects are improving the lives and livelihood opportunities of mountain people and enhancing the sustainable development of mountain areas through:

  • promoting integrated watershed development and water resource management.
  • encouraging mountain forestry and sustainable resource management.
  • improving policies and laws for sustainable mountain development.
  • fostering capacity-building and institutional strengthening.
  • improving economics and employment, as well as small-scale enterprise development in
  • mountain areas, with a special focus on promoting high-quality mountain products.
  • conserving mountain biodiversity.
  • mainstreaming gender in agriculture and rural development.
  • preserving and strengthening indigenous knowledge systems.
  • promoting inland capture fisheries and aquaculture in mountain areas

last updated:  Wednesday, October 24, 2012