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FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

Regional Initiatives

Naturally exposed to chronic shortage of water, the Near East and North Africa countries may be facing the most severe intensification of water scarcity in the region's history. 

By creating farm and off-farm employment, Small Scale Family Farming is the major source of income in rural areas. It holds the potential to significantly improve the livelihood of thousands of rural families that rely on agriculture for their survival.

During the last years countries have shown remarkable resilience by making food security and water management a policy priority. The goal of eradicating food insecurity and malnutrition is still far from being achieved in the region.

In focus

Avian Influenza - Exposure Reduction Programme (ERP) team visited Minia Governorate on today to follow up on the implementation of the anti-Avian Influenza outreach campaign.

FAO supports IDPs and host families in Al-Jawf - Years of conflict and protracted displacement – compounded by climate change, population growth and widespread unemployment – have made much of Yemen’s population extremely vulnerable.

As the violence continues, an estimated 9.8 million Syrians are in urgent need of food and farming support. Current forecasts point to worsening cereal crop production. Each day, as thousands of Syrians continue to flee to neighboring countries, urgent humanitarian assistance is needed.

28 000 farmers in Iraq, whose livelihoods have been left in tatters as a result of hostilities, have started receiving wheat seeds, animal fodder and fertilizers. The agricultural rehabilitation of Iraq has begun. The distribution will benefit 225,000 people in 600 villages.