FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

FAO has taken significant steps toward its programme of work in NENA countries to better contribute to more efficient, inclusive, resilient agrifood systems and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals through focusing on four interconnected regional priorities and relevant cross cutting areas of action that are important for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

 

The Global Action on Green Development of Special Agricultural Products (SAPs): One Country One Priority Product (OCOP) was launched by the FAO Director General in 2021. The initiative will aim to support countries in transforming their agrifood systems to be more sustainable, efficient, resilient and inclusive.

 

The Regional Office has a stand-alone programme of work on gender equality and women’s empowerment that addresses gender as a cross-cutting theme in all its regional priorities and initiatives.

 

Young men and women have a key role to play in fostering sustainability, equity and resilience of agrifood systems in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region. FAO works with youth across the region to improve their access to high quality education and training, decent employment, rural institutions and critical assets and services, in agrifood value chains. 

 

Rural advisory services (RAS) have a central role in equipping farmers with the knowledge and skills to cope with challenges and empower them to make informed decisions, link to markets and act collectively to improve their livelihoods and claim their agency in inclusive rural transformation.

 

Climate change is a threat multiplier for countries of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region, which are already amongst the driest and water-scarce in the world. Agriculture sectors are particularly exposed to climate change effects including changing rainfall patterns, drought, rising sea levels, and changing geographies of pests and diseases. Reductions in crop yields of 10-20 percent are expected by 2050, threatening the achievement of SDG 2 (zero hunger).

 

The UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF) aims to shed new light on what it means to be a family farmer in a rapidly changing world and highlights more than ever before the important role family farmers play in eradicating hunger and shaping the future of our agri-food systems.

 

Sustainable and inclusive agrifood value chains development is a market-oriented and systems-based approach for assessing, understanding and improving the performance of agrifood value chains, to ensure their economic, social, and environmental and climate sustainability.

 

Producer organizations (POs) support small-scale family farmers (SSFF) with access to rural advisory services, market and value addition to varying degrees in countries across the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region.