FAO’s strategic objective or expected result for emergencies in the region is that countries in Southern Africa region have improved preparedness for, and effective response to, food and agricultural threats and emergencies.
To achieve this, FAO REOSA is implementing the FAO Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRR/DRM) Strategic Programme for the Southern Africa Region. This is a newly developed results based strategic programme launched in January 2011. This strategic programme has four outputs with associated activities: Output 1: Countries’ vulnerability to crises, threats and emergencies is reduced through better preparedness. Output 2: Countries’ vulnerability to crises, threats and emergencies is reduced through better integration of risk prevention and mitigation into policies, programmes and interventions. Output 3: Countries and partners respond more effectively to crises and emergencies with food and agriculture related interventions. Output 4: Countries and partners have improved transition and linkages between emergency, rehabilitation and development.
This FAO Regional DRR/DRM Strategic Programme for the Southern Africa Region is directly linked and based on FAO’s new ten-year corporate Strategic Framework, as well it is consistent with the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the SADC Disaster Risk Reduction Strategic Framework (2010-2015), and is line with the Hyogo Framework of Action and the African DRR Strategy that run up to 2015. The programme will also contribute to the SADC Multi-Sectoral HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework and Programme of Action, which provides a strategic framework for a multi-dimensional response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic in the region.
In addition, FAO REOSA has strong links with and accesses additional technical expertise from Other FAO Technical Divisions, including FAO HQ Technical Divisions (Rome), FAO Sub-Regional Office of Southern Africa (SFS – Harare), FAO ECTAD (Gaborone) - FAO Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease in Gaborone, Botswana.
Mr Sina Luchen has taken recently up his duties as Agronomist with the FAO REOSA team in Johannesburg. Mr Luchen is a Zambian National with more than 19 years of field experience in Crop Production; Field Crops, Plant
Humanitarian food assistance for vulnerable populations in the South-East African and South-West Indian Ocean regions affected by natural disasters, September 2010- December 2011The objective of the ECHO funded...