The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy analysis related to all five of the Organization's strategic objectives (food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive food systems and resilient livelihoods). ESA provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture; and leads the production of two FAO flagship publications: The State of Food and Agriculture and The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. ESA also leads large programmes at country level on agricultural and food policy monitoring, climate smart agriculture (CSA), agribusiness and food value chains, rural poverty, and food security information and analysis in support of national policies.
The Sustainable Markets, Agribusinesses and Rural Transformations (SMART) Team in ESA supports member country governments in their efforts to develop and implement sound agricultural, agro-industrial and value chain strategies to fight poverty, hunger and malnutrition, while boosting the competitiveness and efficiency of the agricultural and food sectors in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way. Specifically, this area of work includes FAO’s sustainable food value chain development (SFVC) approach.
Within the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, the FishCode program promotes and supports the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and assists in streamlining the Organization’s Blue Growth Initiative (BGI) in actions aimed at food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable management of living aquatic resources into national fisheries policy. FishCode has been supporting the formulation and development of the Fish4ACP project (“Sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture value chains in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries”), which aims at improving the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture value chains through five main components/specific objectives: i) Robust fisheries and aquaculture improvement strategies are developed and agreed with stakeholders; ii) Economic performance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in selected value chains is improved; iii) Inclusiveness and the social sustainability of selected value chains are improved; iv) The environmental sustainability of selected value chains is enhanced; and v) MSMEs in selected value chains have access to additional sources of finance and investment. Fish4ACP is a 5-year project funded by the European Union.
Selected applicants will work under the overall guidance of the ESA Division Director and the direct supervision of the Sustainable Markets, Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART) Team Leaders, working in close collaboration with other FAO Divisions, Strategic Programmes (in particular, SP4 on efficient and inclusive food systems) and external partners as required. When activities are carried out in member countries, applicants will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional and/or sub-regional office.