Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - Jamaica

Unverified non-profit organisation

FAO was founded in 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. Today, FAO is one of the largest specialised agencies in the United Nations system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. An intergovernmental organisation, FAO has 187 member countries plus one member organisation, the European Community. In crisis situations, FAO works in conjunction with the World Food Programme and other humanitarian agencies to help people rebuild their lives. The FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, providing behind the scenes assistance to help people help themselves.

Some examples of the projects currently in Jamaica are:

  • A study of the Agriculture and tourism market linkages to determine effective ways that small farmers can access to the lucrative hotel sector.
  • Investigating the use of the Grameen bank model as a method for providing icro financing for Jamaican small farmers and agri-processors.
  • Developing a Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Plan for the local Agriculture sector. This includes training government extension officers to use the FAO Livelihood Assessment Toolkit for imiproved post-disaster assessment for the sector.

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About this organisation

Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of services / personnel; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Americas: Jamaica

Global issues

Agriculture, aquaculture and forestry; Food security and nutrition