What is FAO?
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
FAO’s goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide to make sure that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.
FAO’s Strategic Objectives represent the main areas of work to achieve a world without hunger, malnutrition and poverty and do so in a sustainable manner – contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
FAO creates and shares the most updated information about food, agriculture and natural resources in the form of global public goods. The Organization plays a connector role, through identifying and working with different partners with established expertise, and facilitating a dialogue between those who have the knowledge and those who need it.
What does FAO in Kosovo?
FAO has been active in Kosovo since the end of the conflict. While in the beginning the emphasis was more on solving the most acute problems related to food security, current FAO activities shifted to institution and policy development, and assisting relevant actors involved in animal health, sustainable rural development, and forestry.
Currently, a comprehensive FAO programme targets increase in Kosovar forests’ economic and ecological value and offers livelihood opportunities for the most disadvantaged. Specifically, aims to improve forest management in Kosovo in three key areas: timber legality and law enforcement in forestry; a high transparency and better governance of forestry regulations and programmes; and sustainable management of forest resources considering their multiple functions,gender equality and helping rural women on using forestry sector opportunities for income generation activities , and public expectations. .
FAO also leads an effort on African swine fever surveillance, prevention and control measures covering the Balkans – including Kosovo. Several meetings, workshops at regional and national level, and information materials targeting animal health practitioners raise awareness and educate on the viral disease, harmful for domestic pigs and wild boars alike.
FAO is further supporting the prevention and preparedness efforts of the Balkan region through a regional project. The project will assess countries’ gaps and more immediate needs and assist with the development of strategies. It also will provide training, assess preparedness through simulation exercises, and facilitate coordination across the region.
Ongoing activities in Kosovo contribute to overarching global goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On one hand, FAO’s assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development supports sustainable and multipurpose forest management in Kosovo with the ultimate goal of tackling rural poverty and climate change contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 5, and 15.
FAO is supporting Kosovo in capacity building for transboundary animal health disease surveillance, prevention, and control helps realize the Sustainable Development Goal 15.
FAO Kosovo contact information
FAO Pristina office
10000 Pristina, Kosovo
Mother Teresa 35 A
MAFRD building, room A14
FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
H-1068 Budapest, Hungary
Benczur utca 34