FAO in the Islamic Republic of Iran


Government Partners

Ministry of Agriculture Jahad (MAJ) is the main government body responsible for agricultural products and food security in the country. It has been therefore always considered as the main counterpart of FAO Iran. Other relevant government bodies are the Department of Environment, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Interior. FAOR has regular meetings with the Minister of Agriculture and DG for International Affairs and Specialized Organizations while ad hoc meetings are arranged and held in other technical and decision making offices of the Ministry.

FAO Iran has established good working relations also with research institutes under MAJ such as Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Seed and Plant Certification and Registration Institute (SPCRI), Seed and Plant Improvement Institute (SPII), Iranian Fisheries Research Institute (IFRO), Agricultural Planning, Economic & Rural Development Research Institute (APERDRI), Iran International Sturgeon Research Institute and the Soil Salinity Research Institute.

FAO Iran has been closely working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) as the leading national partner in development, implementation and monitoring of UNDAF. The website of our national counterpart, MAJ, can be found below:                     

Ministry of Agriculture Jahad

UN Partners

FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran has been cooperating with UNCT in finalization, implementation and monitoring of UNDAF. FAO is an active member of UNCT, which is participating in different Thematic Groups and teams including the Management, Operations Management (OMT) and Disaster Management Team (DMT). FAO is the chair of the first UNDAF Pillar on Environment and contributes to the Health and Resilient Economy Pillar. FAO is also working closely with other UN Agencies and is engaged in Joint Work Planning with them under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator.

Other Development Partners

FAO Iran has been working with different national and international entities to fulfil its mandate and mission, such counterparts include national universities and NGOs on one hand and potential donor countries on the other hand. The MoU for cooperation with the University of Tehran College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UTCAN) is developed in this connection. 

Furthermore FAO Iran has been  contributing to sustainable rural development and improvement of livelihood of most vulnerable populations.

FAO counts on the support of the international community in Iran: