FAO in the Philippines


Ms. Sheila Wertz-Kanounnikoff has assumed the position and duties as the FAO Representative (FAOR)  ad interim in the Philippines effective 1 July 2022. She will serve in this temporary capacity until a new FAOR is on board. Ms Kanounnikoff replaced Ms Kati Tanninen, who relegated the post on 31 May 2022.

Ms Kanounnikoff concurrently serves as Senior Forestry Officer and Module Leader (Forestry and Biodiversity) at FAO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP). She brings extensive experience on forestry, biodiversity and climate change issues both from an applied research and public policy perspective. She first joined FAO in 2016 as Senior Forestry Officer and Team Leader (Forest Resources Management) in the Forestry Division in Rome.

Prior to FAO, Sheila worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris (2013-16), the Centre for International Forestry Research while based in Bangkok and Maputo (2008-13), the International Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations in Paris (2006-08) and the World Bank (1999-06).

She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and a MSc. in Geography from the University of Giessen (Germany). 

Ms Kanounnikoff may be contacted at [email protected].

Latest knowledge resources

Environmental and Social Management Framework for GCF project “Adapting Philippine Agriculture to Climate Change” (APA)

The Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. An analysis of future climate impacts on agriculture and farming communities indicates that large parts of the country will face further exposure to increased temperatures. Through the baseline study and intensive stakeholder consultation, a range of climate-resilient agriculture (CRA) options were examined for the most exposed agricultural systems in the regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

The objective of this project, “Adapting Philippine Agriculture to Climate Change”, is to increase the resilience of rural men and women in areas vulnerable to climate change, whose livelihoods depend on agriculture while transforming the country agriculture towards climate resilience. This will be achieved through improved capacity of farmers to develop CRA enterprises and adopt financially and economically viable CRA practices, and of the government and the private sectors to build supporting systems for scaling up. The project will support the national agriculture and fisheries modernization and industrialization plan (NAFMIP), while providing a systemic approach to climate change adaptation (CCA) in agriculture for the entire country.

Also available in Pilipino (Tagalog): Balangkas ng Pamamahala sa Kapaligiran at Panlipunan para sa proyekto ng GCF na “Pag-Aakma ng Agrikultura ng Pilipinas sa Pagbabago ng Klima”.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022

This year’s report should dispel any lingering doubts that the world is moving backwards in its efforts to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms. We are now only eight years away from 2030, but the distance to reach many of the SDG 2 targets is growing wider each year. There are indeed efforts to make progress towards SDG 2, yet they are proving insufficient in the face of a more challenging and uncertain context. The intensification of the major drivers behind recent food insecurity and malnutrition trends (i.e. conflict, climate extremes and economic shocks) combined with the high cost of nutritious foods and growing inequalities will continue to challenge food security and nutrition. This will be the case until agrifood systems are transformed, become more resilient and are delivering lower cost nutritious foods and affordable healthy diets for all, sustainably and inclusively.

The following complementary information is available: 

Policy brief on “Financing small-scale fisheries in the Philippines”

This policy brief summarizes the findings of surveys among financial and insurance providers, fishers and fisherfolk organizations in the Philippines in 2021. It explains why financial services are important for small-scale fishers (SSF) and provides recommendations for improving their access to finance and insurance. Produced through the collaboration between FAO, the Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA) and the Philippines' Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC).

Strategic Programme for Agriculture, Fisheries and Agribusiness Development in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (SPAFAD-BARMM)

The SPAFAD-BARMM lays out the priorities for technical cooperation between FAO and the BARMM regional government from 2020 to 2022. The overarching goal of FAO’s SPAFAD-BARMM is to uplift the well-being of the Bangsamoro people by improving their food security and nutrition, and bring about rural progress in the Bangsamoro Region through the development of resilient agriculture- and fisheries-based livelihoods and enterprises, institutionalization of risk-informed shock responsive social protection, and equitable and sustainable use and management of natural resources.

Career opportunities at FAO Philippines

Head on over to the "Work with Us" section to see if you have what it takes to join a dynamic and dedicated team working to address hunger and poverty across the country and start on an exciting journey with us. We are currently searching to fill the following posts: 

  • Information Technology SpecialistAccepting applications until 03 October 2022. For more information and to apply, click here.
  • National Animal Health SpecialistAccepting applications until 03 October 2022. For more information and to apply, click here.
  • Community Development SpecialistAccepting applications until 03 October 2022. For more information and to apply, click here.
  • Project DriverAccepting applications until 03 October 2022. For more information and to apply, click here.