Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

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Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Our three 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, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

FAO’s decentralized network includes five regional offices, nine sub-regional offices, 80 fully fledged country offices (excluding those hosted in regional and sub-regional offices), and three offices with technical officers/FAO Representatives, and 38 countries covered through multiple accreditations. In addition, the Organization has five liaison offices – and is in the process of opening a sixth – as well as two information offices in developed countries.

An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. FAO has been working in Yemen since 1990 when the country became a member of the Organization. Since then, FAO has been on the ground providing support to agricultural livelihoods and contributing to the improvement of agricultural production and productivity in the country. Working across conflict lines, FAO is working with Yemeni authorities and various stakeholders to reach the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

FAO has remained in Yemen throughout the escalation of the current conflict and co-leads the FSAC with the World Food Programme. The Organization is ideally placed to work closely with all actors and authorities, other United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector in planning, identifying, and addressing humanitarian needs related to food security and rural livelihoods. FAO currently operates in 13 of Yemen’s 22 governorates, including all nine governorates with the largest number of food insecure households.