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.
Dr. Babagana Ahmadu assumed duties as Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to Namibia in September 2013. Prior to that, Dr. Ahmadu was the FAO Representative to the Republic of The Gambia.
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.It is our belief that the two year programme went a long way in inculcating a sense of business and entrepreneurial spirit in farmers that were engaged at Etunda Irrigation Scheme, Kalimbeza Rice Project and Omahenene farming projects.While the outcome of the two year programme shows overwhelming success through its results, it is imperative that continued engagement and implementation of the learned policies and mechanism is a key focal point going forward for the beneficiaries. The programme achieved significant success in terms of complementing Namibia’s efforts of increasing agricultural production.
FAO Namibia host World Food Day & 70th Anniversary of FAO
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. The theme for the WFD 2015, “Social Protection and Agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”, highlights the crucial role social protection plays in reducing chronic food insecurity and poverty by ensuring direct access to food and providing a viable way to stimulate agricultural production and local economic activity. The event has been celebrated in all 14 Regions of the country, with the main event being hosted in Okakarara town, Otjozondjupa Region. During the event the MAWF donated products and materials worth NAD30,000 to six identified beneficiaries. "The Government of the Republic of Namibia sincerely hopes that these items will be put to effective use while contributing meaningfully towards achieving food security in order to combat poverty in our country", Said Hon. Theo Diergaardt, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry who was present at the event. "The theme for this year's commemoration is "Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty"…
Migration, Environment and Climate Change project launched
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) launched a project on migration, environment and climate change (MECC) on 14 March 2017. The project was launched by Petrus Muteyauli, the Head of Multilateral Environmental Agreements at the MET, on behalf of the Environmental Commissioner. This initiative is part of the wider IOM Development Fund (IDF) supported project ‘Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean’, which aims to increase knowledge and awareness about the relationship between migration and environmental change in order to inform related policy and operational planning at both the regional and national level. Teofilus Nghitila, Namibia’s Environmental Commissioner, added that in Namibia, the urban population makes up 50% of the total population which is not only due to a certain lack of economic opportunities in rural areas, but also to the fact that many people move to the cities following recurrent droughts and floods. He also said the project comes at the right time, as it will help deepen understanding of the impact environmental challenges have on human mobility.