FAO has been operating in the country since March 1956, before representation was formally established in 1978. Since then, the organization has focused its efforts to strengthen El Salvador in promoting the development of agriculture, rural areas, support to adaptation to climate change and the strengthening of public policies that guarantee food and nutritional security.
To date, the execution of projects related to post-harvest production and management, processing and marketing of agricultural and forestry products has been supported; fishing development; Rational use and conservation of natural resources; sustainable rural development; food and nutritional security and poverty reduction; and strengthening the legal framework.
FAO's work is based on a participatory and integrative process, framed in an approach that fosters agricultural, fisheries and forestry development. This comprehensive approach has made it possible to fulfill the organization's mandates of working with national institutions, under the principles of human development, sustainability, gender, law, participation, intersectorality, interdisciplinarity and institutionality.
The main lines of action are contemplated in the FAO Country Programming Framework document for cooperation in El Salvador.