and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
of FAO’s activities
contribute towards achieving the goals set in the POA for LDCs for
the Decade 2001-2010. The followings are some of the key actions
taken since the adoption of the POA in May 2001.
- FAO continues to assist LDCs through
the Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) to enhance productivity
and income through transfer of yield-enhancing technologies for
staple crops, improved water management practices, diversification
technologies and constraints removal in these countries. The
SPFS is currently operational in 46
- FAO has responded to requests for emergency assistance in the
agricultural, livestock and fisheries sectors submitted by LDCs
affected by exceptional natural or man-made calamities. During
2001, FAO’s emergency assistance was provided to 27 LDCs, covering
a wide number of activities related to the urgent, rehabilitation
of the disaster-stricken areas. FAO has also assisted these countries
in the establishment of preparedness and post-emergency measures,
formulating and implementing relief and short rehabilitation programmes
that will speed the return back to agricultural development
- FAO has established a Trust Fund for Food Security and for Emergency
Prevention of Transboundary Pests and Diseases of Animals and
Plants with an initial target of US$500 million, with priority
to the needs of low-income food deficit countries (LIFDCs) and
- FAO has also launched a number of activities in support of the
New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) regarding agriculture
particularly in the area of land and water improvement, production
intensification, regional food security, regional cooperation
in agriculture and investment in rural infrastructure.
- FAO has intensified its support to member governments, particularly
the LDCs, in preparing for multilateral trade negotiations of
relevance to agriculture, fisheries and forestry. This support
is being provided in the form of information and databases, analytical
studies and training, and capacity building.
- FAO developed a proposal for “integrated programme for building
capacity in biotechnology, food quality and safety and phyto-
and zoo-sanitary standards”. This programme includes the main
components of capacity building in food quality and safety for
LDCs indicated in the POA. The total requirement of this programme
is about US$ 158 million.
- At the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha in November 2001, FAO,
OIE, WHO, WTO and the World Bank issued a joint statement confirming
their commitment to enhance developing countries’ capacity to
participate effectively in the development and application of
international standards and to take full advantage of trade opportunities.
As a follow-up to this, an inter-agency mechanism has been established
for exchanging information and collaboration with the view to
enhancing developing countries’ capacities as indicated in the
- FAO is participating actively in the inter-agency panel of financial
and commodity experts, established by the WTO following the Doha
Conference, to explore ways and means for improving access by
LDCs and WTO net food- importing developing countries to multilateral
programs and facilities to assist with short-term difficulties
in financing normal levels of commercial imports of basic foodstuffs,
as well as the concept and feasibility of the proposal for the
establishment of a revolving fund.
- FAO continues to provide technical assistance to LDCs in several
other areas in order to enhance productivity, diversification
and modernization of their agriculture, fisheries and forestry.
Active programme of activities continue in natural resource management,
agro-based and food industries; animal health and production;
agricultural research and technology; agrarian reforms and rural
development; women in development; marketing and credit policies;
food quality control and nutrition; agricultural information and
early warning systems; agricultural policy; statistical development;
fisheries and aquaculture; and forestry.
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