FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION

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1 FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION AT A GLANCE Head of Office: Ms Susan Minae FAO Representative to Ethiopia ad interim: Tel; (ext 131); MANDATE WHO WE ARE The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized agency within the United Nations, striving to alleviate poverty and hunger by ensuring better agricultural development, food security and Deputy Head of Office: Mr Hassen Ali Assistant FAO Representative: Tel; (ext 163); Head of Operations Ms Claudia Broderick Administrative Officer : Total Number of Staff: 150 Address: FAO Representation in Ethiopia, CMC Road near ILRI, Bole Sub City Kebele 12/13; PO Box 5536, Addis Ababa; Registry nutrition for all. FAO was founded in 1945 with a mandate to raise nutritional levels and living standards, to improve agricultural productivity and better condition of rural people. The Organization main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and sustainable management of natural resources including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations. FAO provides direct development assistance to the communities as well as supports policy and planning advice to governments, and acts as an international forum to facilitate dialogue on food and agriculture issues. The focus of FAO programme in Ethiopia is to support; improved food and nutrition security with aim of hunger eradication; reduction of poverty through livelihood diversification and promotion of rural employment especially youth and women; increased production and productivity under sustainable management of natural resources; contribution to agricultural growth and development focusing on small scale production transformation and commercialisation; and resilience building for the vulnerable communities and people.

2 MAIN STRATEGIC FUNCTIONS: 1. Putting information within reach and supporting the transition to sustainable agriculture. FAO serves as a knowledge network aiming at collecting, analyzing and disseminating relevant data and information to support informed agricultural development and food and nutrition security policies and strategies. 2. Strengthening political will and sharing policy expertise. FAO lends its years of experience to member countries in devising agricultural policy, supporting planning, drafting effective legislation and creating national strategies to achieve rural development and hunger alleviation goals. The policy work also comprises advocacy work for the implementation of these policies and programmes. 3. Bolstering public-private collaboration to improve smallholder agriculture. As a neutral organisation, FAO provides the setting where 4. Member Countries can come together to build common understanding to improve support and services to farmers and facilitate greater public and private investments in strengthening the food sector. 5. Bringing knowledge to the field. FAO s breadth of knowledge is put to the test in thousands of field projects throughout the world. FAO mobilizes and manages millions of dollars provided by industrialized countries, development banks and other sources to make sure the projects achieve their goals. In humanitarian and emergency contexts, FAO works with the World Food Programme and other humanitarian agencies to protect rural livelihoods and help people rebuild their lives. 6. Supporting countries prevent and mitigate risks. FAO develops mechanisms to monitor and warn about multi-hazard risks and threats to agriculture, food and nutrition by informing countries on successful risk reduction measures that they can include in all policies related to agriculture; and by coordinating disaster response plans at all levels. In 2009, FAO undertook a review of its strategic framework to improve quality delivery, efficiency in the use of resources and more and result-oriented action and identified five Strategic Objectives: 1. Help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; 2. Make agriculture (crops/livestock), forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable; 3. Reduce rural poverty; 4. Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems; and 5. Increase the resilience of livelihoods to disasters. Within the FAO s Renewed Strategic Framework, the main tool for defining priority areas of focus at the country level is the Country Programme Framework (CPF), which is based on jointly agreed prioritization between the Government and FAO, outlining the main areas of interventions for a period of five years. The FAO CPF in Ethiopia is aligned to Government priority policies through GTP and specifically to strategies in the agricultural sector through Policy Investment Framework, (PIF). The CPF is consistent and aligned to the strategic objectives within the UN development Assistance frameworks (UNDAFs). FAO Ethiopia Country programme is informed by the CPF and focusses on institutional strengthening at regional level and on policy support at Federal level. The programme is being implemented under three main Africa Regional Initiatives, i.e.: Renewed Partnership for a Unified Approach to End Hunger in Africa by 2025, under the Framework the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (RI1) Sustainable Production Intensification and Commercialization through Integrated Management of Agricultural Landscapes (RI2) Building Resilient Livelihoods (RI3)

3 HISTIRY OF FAO IN ETHIOPIA FAO has been in Ethiopia since 1981, and works with the Government, at both Federal and Regional levels, and in collaboration with development partners including sister UN Agencies and NGOs, with the goal to contribute to enhanced food security, elimination of hunger and malnutrition and in increased agricultural economic growth and development. WHAT WE DO FAO Ethiopia Focus Area Partners Main geographic focus (Regions) Policy and regulatory frameworks development within the Agricultural sector: Support development of policy and regulatory frameworks, and agricultural multi sectoral coordination on agricultural production and marketing, management of natural resource, and food and nutrition security. Information and knowledge management: FAO Ethiopia contributes to institutional strengthening and in capacity building with partners including in Agricultural Information and knowledge management. Support to capacity development in sustainable production and productivity and competiveness on Agricultural sector (crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries products). Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) Federal; Regional Agricultural Bureaus Other development partners including Local & International NGOs Oromiya, SNNPR, Beneficiaries Government and Non- Government institutions farmers and other commodity value chain actors Provide support to improved crop production and productivity through promotion of improved crop varieties, best agronomic practices and pest management; capacity development, (training and demonstrating innovative practices and review and support to strategies, standards, guidelines in agricultural and natural resources management, Support livestock (and fisheries) production and productivity through technical capacity of relevant partner institutions, and support to promotion of best practices in livestock feed, animal health services and improved husbandry practices, Support to agricultural commercialization including promotion of farming as a business, marketing and value addition through adoption and promotion of policy strategies in post-harvest management including losses reduction and facilitation in agro-processing, development of sustainable enterprises and inclusive value chain & agri-business development.

4 Support to improved access to agricultural support services and facilities including extension services, input supplies, credit access including inclusive finance products and services, and marketing services with special attention to support to cooperatives and related private sector service providers. Sustainable Natural Resource Development and Management: Support for expansion of integrated watershed development and management, sustainable land management practices and promotion of technologies for smallholder farmers. This focusses on building capacity in community-based approaches, scaling-up of successful models and innovations in land use planning and sustainable land management as well as, institutional capacities for conserving and availing biodiversity resources MoA (federal office), Ministry of Environment and forestry and Regional Agricultural Bureaus Oromiya SNNPR, farmers Resilience Building: Institutional strengthening in resilience building efforts through technical capacity support to government and communities to address disaster risks; build coordination capacities of Government and stakeholders for better preparedness and response. This includes direct support to vulnerable communities and areas such as pastoral areas in Ethiopia as well as special support programmes to women and youth to support livelihood diversification. DRMFSS at Federal add Regional Bureaus Oromiya SNNPR, producers including pastoralists, Women headed households and children. Improved food and Nutrition Security: Support for Integration between agricultural production and nutrition to promote nutritional status through dietary diversification, production and utilization of nutrient rich food Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Agricultural Bureaus, Ministry of Women and children Affairs, Oromia, SNNPR producers including pastoralists, Women headed households and children.

5 PRESENCE IN THE COUNTRY Location Contract Type Number of staff Male Female Total Addis Ababa National staff Fixed Term Consultant International staff Staff and consultants Field Offices Amhara Consultant 4 4 Tigray Consultant Afar Consultant SNNPR Consultant 3 3 Somali Consultant 4 4 Oromia (Yabelo and Consultant 6 6 Hirna) Total CONTACT DETAILS FAO Representative to Ethiopia ad interim: Ms Susan Minae Tel; (ext 131); Assistant FAO Representative: Mr Hassen Ali Tel; (ext 163); Administrative Officer (Head of Administration and Finance): Ms Claudia Broderick Finance/Administration Officer: Mr Afework Gebreeyesus Tel; (ext 152); Information Technology Support Officer: Ms Genet Tesfaye Tel; (ext 102); Fax: ; Security Focal Point: Ms Claudia Broderick Tigray Field Office, Mekelle: Tel; Amhara Field Office, Bahir Dar Tel; Afar Field Office, Awash: Tel; SNNPR Field Office, Hawassa: Tel; Yabello Field Office: Tel; Somali Field Office, Jijiga: Tel;