FAO in Indonesia
The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative (FAORep), is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to reduce hunger and malnutrition; to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way.
In particular, this is achieved by:
- Developing, promoting and overseeing strategies for addressing food security, agriculture and rural development objectives;
- Developing and implementing FAO's field programmes by identifying and formulating new programmes and projects and by liaising with local stakeholders including donor representations;
- Helping governments to prevent disasters, assess damage, and assist them in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the agricultural sector;
- Carrying out public awareness activities and supporting important FAO activities such as TeleFood and the World Food Day;
- Providing assistance to technical and investment missions from FAO headquarters and from Regional or Subregional Offices to the country;
- Serving as the channel of FAO's services to governments and other partners (donors, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, research institutions, etc.);
- Keeping FAO informed of major social and economic developments in the country and monitoring the situation of the agriculture sector in the country;
- Representing FAO before host governments and all partners involved in FAO activities.
As representatives of the Director-General in their country/countries of assignment, FAOReps develop and maintain relations with the government and other institutions in the country and liaise on behalf of the Regional Representative (RR) or Subregional Coordinator (SRC) with (sub)regional organizations located in their country. They guide all units in FAO on country assistance priorities and guide all FAO staff in the country on advocacy, policy, security and general managerial issues. FAOReps work in the line of command of the Director-General with whom they generally communicate through the Office for Coordination and Decentralization (OCD).
The role of the FAORep has significantly expanded over the last few years, especially as regards their increasing responsibilities within the project cycle and their interaction with the UN Country Team (UNCT).