FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa
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High dependence on food imports, limited and fragile natural resource base, exposure to climate change, high dependence on food imports, crisis and political instability, make food security a persistent challenge across Near East and North Africa countries.

FAO, through its field programme, is working to help member states face these challenges and support efforts aimed at reducing food insecurity; eradicating hunger; increasing productivity of agriculture and improving the ability of vulnerable communities and to empower them to cope and recover from shocks and crisis.

Stories from the field

Backyard poultry provides an alternative way to sustain food security and nutrition in Syria
Backyard poultry provides an alternative way to sustain food security and nutrition in Syria.
By supporting backyard poultry farming  in Rural Damascus and Homs, FAO helps families access fresh, nutrient–rich foods.  

Turning desert into cultivable lands
In the village of Wabonde, Southern Mauritania, near the Senegal River, villagers spend their daily lives battling the effects of desertification with very little resources. Once a small fishing village, Nouakchott is today threatened on all sides by both the ocean and the surrounding sand dunes, making this one of Africa's most interesting capitals.

Latif: Roof Gardener (Cairo, Egypt)
With 22 million inhabitants, Cairo is by far the most populous, most crowded and most polluted city in the Middle East.
“Turning Cairo's roofs into gardens is expected to expand to other cities” says Osama El Beheiri, one of the founders of the "Rooftop Gardening" in Cairo. This project helps people produce their own organic vegetables, get an income or simply fulfill leisure time. 

Georgette: A Farmer from Akkar, Mountains of Lebanon
The village of Halba has many traditions, including the manufacture of delicious dairy products. After the widespread devastation of the 2006 war, the small dairy sector in the area was left in tatters. Today, thanks to a successful intervention, Halba, like many other villages, is again selling its cheese, milk, yogurt, in all parts of the region.