An intergovernmental organization, its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in. FAO’s staff capacity allows it to support improved governance inter alia, generate, develop and adapt existing tools and guidelines and provide targeted governance support as a resource to country and regional level FAO offices. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is present in over 130 countries
What we do
To meet the demands posed by major global trends in agricultural development and challenges faced by member nations, FAO has identified key priorities on which it is best placed to intervene. A comprehensive review of the Organization’s comparative advantages was undertaken which enabled strategic objectives to be set, representing the main areas of work on which FAO will concentrate its efforts in striving to achieve its vision and global goals.
Help eliminate hunger, food insecurity
Our challenge: there is sufficient capacity in the world to produce enough food to feed everyone adequately; nevertheless, in spite of progress made over the last two decades, 842 million people still suffer from chronic hunger. Among children, it is estimated that 171 million under five years of age are chronically malnourished (stunted), almost 104 million are underweight, and about 55 million are acutely malnourished (wasted).Our mandate is to support members in their efforts to ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food. We can help by supporting policies and political commitments that promote food security and good nutrition and by making sure that up-to-date information about hunger and malnutrition challenges and solutions is available and accessible.
Make agriculture, forestry and
fisheries more productive and
The world’s population is predicted to increase to 9 billion people by 2050. Some of the world’s highest rates of population growth are predicted to occur in areas that are highly dependent on the agriculture sector (crops. Livestock, forestry and fisheries) and have high
rates of food insecurity. Growth in the agriculture sector is one of the most effective means of reducing poverty and achieving food security. We must ensure that increased productivity does not only benefit the few, and that the natural resource base can provide services (pollination, nutrient cycling in soils, quality water, etc.) that enhance sustainability.
Reduce rural poverty
Most of the world’s poor live in rural areas. Hunger and food insecurity above all are expressions of rural poverty. Reducing rural poverty, therefore, is central to FAO’s mission. Many living in rural areas have been lifted out of poverty in recent decades. In 1990, 54% of those living in rural areas in developing countries lived on less than $1.25 a day and were considered extremely poor. By 2010, this share had dropped to 35%. Rural poverty remains widespread especially in South Asia and Africa. These regions have also seen least progress in improving rural livelihoods. FAO strikes to help smallholders improve farm productivity whilst aiming to also increase off-farm employment opportunities and find better ways for rural populations to manage and cope with risks in their environments .
Enable inclusive and efficient
agricultural and food systems
With increasing globalization, agriculture as an independent sector will cease to exist, becoming instead, just one part of an integrated value chain. The value chain exits both upstream and downstream, or from production through to processing and sales, in which the whole is now highly concentrated, integrated and globalized. This poses a huge challenge for smallholder farmers and agricultural producers in many developing countries where even the most economically valid smallholders can easily be excluded from important parts of the value chain. Increasing their participation in food and agricultural systems is critical to achieving FAO’s goal of a world without hunger.
Increase the resilience of
livelihoods to disasters
Each year, millions of people who depend on the production, marketing and consumption of crops, livestock, fish, forests and other natural resources are confronted by disasters and crises. They can strike suddenly - like an earthquake or a violent coup d’état - or unfold slowly - like drought-flood cycles. They can occur as a single event, one can trigger another, or multiple events can converge and interact simultaneously with cascading and magnified effects. These emergencies threaten the production of, and access to, food at local, national and, at times, regional and global levels. FAO’s mission is to help countries govern, prevent and mitigate risks and crises and support them in preparing and responding to disasters.
Reaping the benefits of South-South Cooperation in Namibia
The South-South Cooperation (SSC) programme signed by three partners, the Chinese Government, the Namibian Government, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is a true embodiment of how development projects can be driven through cross pollination of ideas.
FAO Namibia host World Food Day & 70th Anniversary of
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), hosted its annual World Food Day (WFD) event on the 05 November 2015. The event which is observed annually around the world, celebrates the founding of the FAO. This year's event also marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of FAO in 1945.
Building sustainable agricultural systems for food security
FAO Nambia: Over the past years, the Namibian Agricultural sector has been hampered and plagued by recurring droughts, which spelt food insecurity in the country. Poor rainfalls led to widespread soil erosion and land degradation, arable land loss, crop failure and high livestock mortality rates, which limited income generating opportunities for farmers and the nation at large.In an effort to enhance farmers’ livelihoods and ensure food security in the country, the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) held a dialogue to analyze the situation and conceptualize a way forward that simultaneously promotes sustainable agriculture and prioritizes food security in Namibia.
Establishment of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Information Management System
FAO Namibia: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) by the request of the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) has availed funds to support the implementation of the Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into key sectors of development. A National Strategy for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation was developed to focus on the nexus between climate, disaster risk, development and poverty reduction in a context of global climate change..
UNCT Features: Dr. Babagana Ahmadu
After serving for roughly four years in Namibia, Dr. Babagana Ahmadu, the former Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representative to Namibia, has been transferred to Sudan to commence as the Representative at the Khartoum duty station. Under Dr. Ahmadu, whose tenure commenced in September 2013, FAO Namibia saw various accomplishments. UN Namibia sat down with Dr. Ahmadu to learn more about his time in Namibia and the changes he hopes to see in the country.
Check out his interview!
World Food Day (WFD) 2017
WFD, Theme for 2017
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has official announced the 2017 World Food Day (WFD) theme. The theme will focus on the link between migration, food security and rural development. This year’s theme is “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”. This highlights how by addressing some of the root causes of migration,we contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger, harness migration’s potential to support development, and build the resilience of displaced and host communities, thereby laying the ground for long-
Enhancing Date Palm Cultivation and Date Production in
The Government of Namibia is seeking to increase and diversify crop production in order to generate income and increase food security in the country, among other things. In this context, the Government and private sector date growers have recognized the potential of date production in the country, and are working on the establishment of date palm plantations and the promotion of a date production industry. In order to implement these programmes successfully, it was necessary to address certain issues, such as a shortage of high-quality date cultivars, a lack of rapid techniques and modern facilities to propagate date palm, and a poor technical base.
UN Namibia commemorates World Food Day 2017
The UN System in Namibia, under the leadership of WFP, FAO and IOM, in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) commemorated the World Food Day under the theme “Change the future of migration, invest in food security and rural development” on the 19 October 2017 in Stampriet, Hardap Region.
Unsustainable fishing, pollution, climate change and other human activities continue to exert enormous negative pressure on the world’s oceans. These actions have led to pollution of water bodies, depletion of fish stocks, alteration of ecosystem structures and the overall, reduction of the ability of ecosystems to adapt to climate variability and change.
Namibia solidifies commitment to sustainable
Namibia exploring options to become self-reliant in Foot
and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine, updated
The occurrence of animal diseases and their control poses significant challenges for Namibia’s State Veterinary Services and entails substantial socio-economic costs, especially in the context of poverty alleviation and development objectives. In particular, the occurrence of trade sensitive diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) have had extensive socio-economic impacts which have attracted significant and costly control efforts with varying results.