FAO in the Philippines

Despite the COVID-19 emergency, we remain "open for business"

FAO expresses its solidarity with the Filipino people in light of the current COVID-19 crisis. The Country Office enjoins the nation in complying with the national government's stringent, but necessary, measures and protocols to control and stem the spread of this disease.

In line with this, FAO Philippines is implementing aligned measures to ensure the safety of our staff. Despite indications that the country is beginning to "flatten the curve", our Manila-based personnel continue to temporarily work from home and adopting virtual and online modalities for meetings and interactions. These measures will remain in force until such time that the situation normalizes or is deemed safe as determined by relevant authorities. Rest assured, however, that we remain OPEN FOR BUSINESS, sustaining engagement with our clients, partners, and stakeholders, and working with and supporting the government amidst, and especially during, this ongoing crisis.

We assure everyone that we will continue to deliver on our mandates in these trying times. Through our concerted efforts, we shall all come out of this crisis stronger and wiser. Stay safe and healthy everyone!


Ms Kati Hannele Tanninen has assumed the position and duties as the new FAO Representative in the Philippines. She arrived in Manila on 27 February 2021.

Ms Tanninen is a national of Finland and has more than 20 years of development work and country programme management experience. This includes, among others, serving as IFAD Country Programme Manager for Nepal and Bhutan, and as Head of Cooperation for the Embassy of Finland in various African countries. Most recently and prior to joining FAO, she was Senior Adviser to the Director General of the Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Oulu, Finland.

She may be contacted at [email protected].

Latest resources

Strategic Programme for Agriculture, Fisheries and Agribusiness Development in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (SPAFAD-BARMM)

The SPAFAD-BARMM lays out the priorities for technical cooperation between FAO and the BARMM regional government from 2020 to 2022. The overarching goal of FAO’s SPAFAD-BARMM is to uplift the well-being of the Bangsamoro people by improving their food security and nutrition, and bring about rural progress in the Bangsamoro Region through the development of resilient agriculture- and fisheries-based livelihoods and enterprises, institutionalization of risk-informed shock responsive social protection, and equitable and sustainable use and management of natural resources.

Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on food supply chains in the Philippines

The FAO report looks at rural livelihood and agricultural market chains as a critical component of the country’s food security capacity, and the related effects to it of the community restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Likewise, the report assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the access of the most vulnerable population that may result in a high rate of malnutrition.  The results are expected to provide an information base to aid in local and national decision-making to alleviate the impact of this pandemic and facilitate the production movement, and distribution of goods essential to food security without compromising public health and safety.

The report is a publication prepared by FAO with technical support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).  The study was also supported by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MAFAR-BARMM).

Latest career opportunities at FAO Philippines

Head on over to the "Work with Us" section to see if you have what it takes to join a dynamic and dedicated team working to address hunger and poverty across the country and start on an exciting journey with us. We are currently searching to fill the following posts: 

  • Livestock Specialist. Accepting applications until 29 September 2021. For more information and to apply, click here.
  • Climate Change Specialist. Accepting applications until 03 October 2021. For more information and to apply, click here.