fao is implementing the most significant reorganization since its founding. the fundamental objective is to bring fao as close as possible to its members. the reorganization entails a strengthened decentralized structure; a management system with increased delegation of authority; and an environment that encourages creativity and initiative.
the reorganization also strengthens fao as a centre of excellence and world reference centre with a clear delineation of responsibility for global, regional and country-specific activities.
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in addition to its headquarters in rome, italy, fao has an extensive network of decentralized offices.
the principal function of the regional offices is the overall identification, planning and implementation of fao's priority activities in the region. they ensure a multidisciplinary approach to programmes; identify priority areas of action for the organization in the region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at headquarters, advise on the incorporation of such priorities into the organization's programme of work and budget. the regional offices also implement approved programmes in the region, monitor the level of programme implementation,and draw attention to any problems and deficiencies.
specific activities of the regional offices include:
the subregional offices work closely with the respective regional office. they are primarily responsible for the overall planning of fao activities in the subregion. with the guidance and support of the regional office, they ensure a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identify priority areas of action, implement approved programmes, and monitor the level of programme implementation in the subregion, drawing attention to any problems and deficiencies.
specific activities of the sub-regional offices include:
fao is currently present through the representations in the countries listed on this page. the main aim of these offices is to assist governments in developing policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition; help them develop their agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and also use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way.
specific activities of the country offices include:
the liaison offices have been established at locationss where many un system organizations and other international, intergovernmental or non-governmental associations or organizations are working. they maintain relations with members and external development partners operating in these locationss. they monitor developments affecting food, nutrition, and agriculture and represent the organization at meetings relevant to fao’s mandate.
responding to the request of a number of member countries for the establishment of an fao office or strengthening of an already existing fao representation in their country, fao has developed a new concept: the partnership and liaison office. this novel type of office is well suited to members’ needs, as it provides for stronger country participation in fao’s work and programmes at national, subregional, regional and interregional levels as well as enhanced cooperation through unilateral trust fund projects and south-south cooperation.