Founded in 1945, the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is present in over 130 countries worldwide including Albania. It has a global budget of USD 2.6 billion for the 2016-17 period.
Making sure people everywhere have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives: this is the heart of FAO’s work.
The Organization’s strategic objectives dovetail with and support the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. FAO works closely with countries and partner institutions to promote achievement of the Goals at country level.
FAO has been a key partner to the Government of Albania since 1999. Current priorities for collaboration include:
- conservation and management of natural resources
- disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, with the aim of building resilience and mitigating effects of natural hazards
- capacity development and policy support for gender equality and women's empowerment in Albanian agriculture
- alignment of agriculture and rural development policies with EU standards, to advance the process of the country's accession to the European Union.
With the signing in October 2016 of the new Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021, FAO continues to cover technical areas related to agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forests, environment, food safety and food security, climate change and more.
Key statistics for Albania*
COUNTRY AREA 2875 (1000 ha)
LAND AREA 2740 (1000 ha)
AGRICULTURAL AREA 1174.29 (1000 ha)
FOREST 772.46 (1000 ha)
*FAOSTAT.FAO estimate, 2014
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