FAO in Turkey

FAO in Turkey

Turkey is a member of FAO since 1948 and the first FAO Turkey Country Office was established in 1982.

In 2006, a “Host Country Agreement (HCA)” was signed between the FAO and Turkey further expanding the FAO’s presence with the formation of the Sub-regional Office for Central Asia in Ankara a year after. The Sub-regional Office for Central Asia, formed with the operational support of the Government of Turkey, enhances FAO’s ability to respond to national needs as well as regional priorities of the countries in the sub-region – Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The Agreement not only established the Sub-Regional Office, but also formed the two partnership programmes with Turkish Government, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture (FTPP) and FAO – Turkey Forestry Programme (FTFP).


FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture (FTPP)

FTPP primarily covers food security and reduction of rural poverty projects among Sub-regional Office for Central Asia countries. In the first phase of the programme, 28 projects were implemented with a USD 10,1 million total budget.

During the second phase of the Programme covering 2016-2020, the projects primarily focus on food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, conservation of natural resources and food safety.


FAO – Turkey Forestry Partnership Programme (FTFP)

With a partnership agreement between Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and FAO covering five-year period 2016-2020, the Ministry contributes with USD 2 million funding. The agreement includes projects covering:

  • Sustainable forest management, plantations, restoration, and forest fires,
  • Wood and non-wood forest products and ecosystem services,
  • Forest, including conservation of biodiversity, wildlife management, etc.
  • People and forests,
  • Governance, including policy and institutional development,
  • Assessment and monitoring,
  • Interdisciplinary issues, including sustainable land management, climate change, etc.
  • Drought impact mitigation,
  • Land degradation, combatting desertification, dust transportation and soil fixation

In addition to the Sub-regional Central Asia countries above mentioned, African countries have been added to the agreement upon Turkey’s request. The projects in Africa are funded with USD 3 million until now. 

With these Programmes, Turkey, while benefiting from wide-ranging assistance from FAO, has become an active resource partner, providing indispensable technical and financial support to FAO activities, particularly within the sub-region.