FAO in India

FAO plays a catalytic role in India in five thematic areas: technical assistance and capacity building; piloting innovative approaches in critical areas; multilateral collaborations on trans-boundary problems; harnessing Indian expertise for other developing countries; and, as a policy advocate and a neutral adviser and broker. Cross-cutting issues such as Gender and Climate Change are also addressed.

Based on these strengths and appreciating the needs of India, cooperation and partnership between FAO and the Government of India is focused on three major components:

Component 1: Facilitating multi-lateral cooperation to reduce the risk to food security and economic growth through greater participation by India in multi-lateral technical programmes. FAO supports India in accessing global public goods related to crucial areas such as trans-boundary crop, livestock and fish diseases and pests, fishery management, food safety and climate change. Moreover, FAO assists India, when necessary, to contribute to the development of these global public goods. Advocacy for food and nutrition security and the role of FAO as a neutral advisor on contentious issues also forms part of this component.

FAO also supports other countries to access centres of excellence within India.

Component 2: Supporting Government of India to strengthen the implementation of national missions and specific programmes aimed at reducing poverty and achieving food and nutrition security. FAO provides high quality technical assistance and capacity building from national and international sources to transfer best practices, to learn from success stories from other countries and to build the capacity of government officers to design and deliver programmes.

 Component 3: Piloting innovative approaches with government, NGO and private sector partners in agricultural and rural development. Successes in ground water and irrigation management are being expanded to include the development of value chains involving small-scale farmers and fishers and other areas where new approaches are identified.