Food and Agriculture Organization

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN is mandated to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of the FAO efforts to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Our Strategic Objectives

  • Help end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition
  • Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable
  • Reduce rural poverty
  • Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems
  • Increase the resilience of livelihoods from disasters

The FAO 2016-2020 Country Program Framework (CPF) charts out a set of priority areas to guide FAO’s partnership to the Government of Swaziland (GoS) with support from the wider spectrum of stakeholders within the UN, private sector, semi government institutions and civil society. The CPF Mainstreams HIV, gender and trade in the four key priority areas:

Priority Area 1: Food security and nutrition – the healthy Consumer

The priority will focus food utilization, quantity and quality of dietary intake of food. These issues determine the health status and well- being of householders or consumers with the aim of combating non-communicable diseases. Non-communicable diseases are so common and are fast becoming a leading contributor to deaths in Swaziland and yet by living healthy lifestyles, eating healthy foods can curb these illnesses.

Priority Area 2: Market led agricultural production and processing

Under this outcome, FAO will focus on medium- and small-scale producers in the crop and livestock subsectors, enhancing their productive capacity, promoting diversification and ensuring that production meets market demand. With the assistance of FAO, the GoS will move away from the traditional approaches to agricultural development which tends to emphasize food security – growing food to eat to ensure sufficient food for the household, and adopt a market and value chain approach to agricultural development. This approach ushers in a virtuous cycle of higher yields and production, greater incomes, higher living standards, and more investment in production. This priority aligns itself with the proposed Swaziland National Investment Programme (SNAIP)

Priority Area 3: Creating an enabling environment, climate change adaptation and sustainable natural resource management

FAO will support the GoS in the development, adoption and implementation including coordination of relevant policies, strategies, investment initiatives including the review and evaluation of those that already exist so as to ascertain their impact. FAO will provide technical assistance in the areas of policy development from consultation, debate and analysis to drafting. Support and strengthening of relevant institutions will be rendered under this priority.

Priority Area 4: Promoting sustainable use of natural resources and climate change adaptation.

The focus of this priority area is on promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and building climate change resilience to farming communities based on adaptation strategies. In this area the focus is to enable both policy level interventions aimed at supporting compliance and responsible management at all levels of authority and encourage agribusinesses to mainstream issues of climate change through the adoption of climate smart agriculture technologies.