FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

FAO established its Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) in Cairo in 1947 and tasked it with the overall identification, planning, implementation and monitoring of FAO programmes in the Region.

The RNE covers the following countries: Algeria, Bahrein, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Our Office

The Regional Office plays an active role in promoting South-South cooperation across Member Countries and in facilitating dialogue on regional issues and common transboundary challenges.

Through a wide range of sectoral expertise, the Regional Office ensures a multi-disciplinary approach to field interventions. Expertise offered ranges from food security to water and natural resources, from crop production and protection to fisheries, forestry, nutrition, food processing and agro-industries.

The Office also assists Member Countries in the formulation of National Plans of Action that include policy priorities guiding governments' action towards the achievement of food security and sustainable agriculture development.

The Regional Office serves as a secretariat for some intergovernmental regional bodies such as the FAO’s specialized Regional Commissions.

Core functions of the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa include:

  • Servicing Member Countries through the production of assessments and sectoral analysis
  • Providing technical support and developing capacities of institutions dedicated to agriculture and food security sectors
  • Building regional partnerships and alliances
  • Providing up-to-date information, knowledge and data
  • Assisting governments in the establishment of Information Systems that support evidence-based policy formulation.