FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa

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29 Nov 1947, Cairo (Egypt), as FAO Regional Office for the Near East (FAO/RNE), within the framework of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), at 3rd Session of the FAO Conference. Formal agreement with host government, 17 Aug 1952, approved by FAO in Nov 1952. Transferred temporarily to Rome (Italy) in June 1980; returned to original seat in Cairo in 1991. Previously also referred to by acronym as FAO/RNEA.


Assist Member States in raising the levels of nutrition and standards of living of their people, improving the food security, production and distribution of food and agricultural products, and achieving food self-sufficiency, through the implementation of sound and sustainable agricultural and rural development programmes; play an active role in promoting South-South cooperation between the countries of the region through workshops, seminars and conferences at regional and/or (sub)regional and/or national levels; serve as a secretariat for intergovernmental regional bodies; provide a forum for Member States to agree on, discuss and resolve shared problems.

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Provides technical assistance and policy advice to Member Governments; organizes capacity building activities in all fields related to food security and to rural and of agricultural development, including forestry and fisheries; organizes technical meetings and expert consultations to review agricultural issues of importance to the region; works closely with UN system organizations to promote the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Member Countries of the region and to monitor progress achieved at country and regional levels; undertakes in-depth sector and sub-sector assessments to identify the main constraints hampering agricultural development in the Region and to propose alternative solutions to overcome these constraints; acts as executing agency for the implementation of rural and agricultural development projects in the Region funded either by national governments or by bi-lateral and/or multilateral funding agencies; acts as a specialized advisory body to Member Governments to advice on the feasibility of development projects and to assess their potential economic, social and environmental impacts; encourages technical and economic cooperation among countries of the Region and promote the use of regional and national institutions; supports the FAO Country Representatives in the Region by assisting them in policy level negotiations, advising them on regional policies affecting their host country, and by making available, regional technical officers or consultants for country assignments; cooperates with regional organizations and other development partners in supporting rural and agricultural development projects and programmes in the Region; organizes and conducts FAO Regional Conference for the Near East and the sessions of the FAO Regional Commissions for the Near East in close collaboration with the technical divisions in FAO Headquarters; assists Member Governments in establishing regional networks for exchanging information and expertise and for strengthening technical cooperation; produces technical publications providing up-to-date information on technology in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, for use by agricultural practitioners and by government and non-government organizations in the Region.


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  • Amenities
    • Food
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture
    • FAO Bodies

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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