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FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa
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During its last session in February 2014, the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 32) identified water scarcity; resilience for food and nutrition security; and small scale agriculture; as the regional priorities of the Organization for the period 2014-2017.

Three Regional Initiatives will address all issues related to these three crucial themes. A new corporate monitoring and evaluation framework will assess impact and results of the initiatives at both regional and country levels, and will help in the definition of priority areas of FAO work in future biennia.

Regional Initiatives

Naturally exposed to chronic shortage of water, the Near East and North Africa countries may be facing the most severe intensification of water scarcity in the region's history. 

By creating farm and off-farm employment, Small Scale Family Farming is the major source of income in rural areas. It holds the potential to significantly improve the livelihood of thousands of rural families that rely on agriculture for their survival.

The Initiative collaborates closely with countries in the Near East in the development of coherent and evidence-based policy and programmes to meet their demands on food security and nutrition whilst building resilience and promoting sustainable agriculture.

In Focus

Avian Influenza - Exposure Reduction Programme (ERP) team visited Minia Governorate on today to follow up on the implementation of the anti-Avian Influenza outreach campaign.

FAO supports IDPs and host families in Al-Jawf - Years of conflict and protracted displacement – compounded by climate change, population growth and widespread unemployment – have made much of Yemen’s population extremely vulnerable.

As the violence continues, an estimated 9.8 million Syrians are in urgent need of food and farming support. Current forecasts point to worsening cereal crop production. Each day, as thousands of Syrians continue to flee to neighboring countries, urgent humanitarian assistance is needed.

28 000 farmers in Iraq, whose livelihoods have been left in tatters as a result of hostilities, have started receiving wheat seeds, animal fodder and fertilizers. The agricultural rehabilitation of Iraq has begun. The distribution will benefit 225,000 people in 600 villages.

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