FAO Regional Office for Africa
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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

In Africa, our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With 47 sub-Saharan African countries, the Regional Office for Africa believes that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

FAO in Africa

To meet the demands posed by major global trends in agricultural development and challenges faced by member nations, FAO has identified key priorities on which it is best placed to intervene. A comprehensive review of the Organization’s comparative advantages was undertaken, which enabled strategic objectives to be set—representing the main areas of work on which FAO will concentrate its efforts in striving to achieve its vision and global goals.

Africa has three Regional Initiatives based on an in-depth cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary review of regional issues and trends as well as alignment with regional commitments. These are:

  1. Working with African Union commitments to ending hunger by 2025
  2. Pursuing inclusive agricultural transformation agenda to reduce poverty; and
  3. Enhancing resilience of livelihoods and production systems