Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department (AG)

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FAO’s Agriculture and Consumer Protection (AG) department coordinates FAO’s work in animal production and health, plant production and protection, rural infrastructure and agro-industries, nuclear techniques in food and agriculture as well as food safety and quality. It is dedicated to achieving food security and better nutrition for all through FAO’s strategic objectives and is responsible for working with members and partners to this end.

The functions of the Department are performed through the Animal Production and Health Division (AGA); the Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP); the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture (AGE) and the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS).

Animal Production and Health Division

FAO is frequently involved in emergency responses triggered either by the incursion of severe animal diseases, which have the ability to rapidly spread over large geographical areas (transboundary animal diseases) into previously unaffected countries or regions, or by natural and man-made disasters such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, civil strife etc. Both types of emergency have in common that they can severely affect livestock-related livelihoods. FAO provides its technical expertise for the rapid and effective control of transboundary disease emergencies including preventive measures for better livestock emergency response.

Contact: Mr Berhe Tekola

Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture

Together with IAEA, FAO manages an agriculture and biotechnology laboratory located near Vienna accommodating over fifty scientists and technicians and consultants, visiting scientists, fellows and trainees. Experiments and research are tailored to suit the needs of member countries so activities in the labs are wide-ranging: from soil and water management to plant breeding and genetics, to animal production and health, to plant insect and pest control and to food and environmental protection.

Contact: Mr Liang Qu


Plant Production and Protection Division 

FAO's promotes sustainable intensification of crop production. This approach requires the integration and harmonization of all appropriate crop production policies and practices aimed at increasing crop productivity in a sustainable manner. Activities are focused on the development and strengthening of effective and strategic decisions that increase crop production using an ecosystem approach; improve national capacities; encourage appropriate country policies and technologies that reduce the negative impact of pesticides and ensure the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

Contact: Mr Clayton Campanhola

Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division

FAO advocates and supports the development of entrepreneurship in agricultural support services and assists FAO members with appropriate policies, strategies and methodologies for strengthening agricultural support systems and the delivery of services as well as technologies for production and post-production activities. FAO aims to assist farms and agribusinesses in developing managerial and technical skills for supporting production, post-harvest, infrastructural, marketing and financial operations related to developing and improving efficiency, effectiveness, competitiveness, and profitability of agricultural and food enterprises.

Contact:  Ms Eugenia Serova