FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

Action Areas

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.

One Country One Priority Product: Global Action on Green Development of Special Agricultural Products

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.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment for inclusive food systems transformation

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.

The Regional Initiative on Water Scarcity for the Near East and North Africa

In order to help NENA countries address the food and water security challenges, the FAO’s Regional Office in the Near East and North Africa and its partners established the Water Scarcity Initiative.

Rural advisory services for inclusive transformation in the Near East and North Africa

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.

Addressing climate change in agrifood systems

FAO’s climate change activities aim to strengthen capacities of member countries to build resilient agrifood systems, and to plan, implement and report on climate change adaptation and mitigation actions in the agriculture sectors.

The UN Decade of Family Farming

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

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.

Youth empowerment

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. 

Red Palm Weevil Eradication Programme

The Red Palm Weevil (RPW) Eradication Programme facilitates the coordination of regional efforts to ensure an integrated and sustainable approach to controlling the RPW and reducing its devastating effects on date palm production, the food and income security of rural communities, and the ecology of affected areas.