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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

About FAO

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

What FAO Does

To meet the demands posed by major global trends in agricultural development and challenges faced by member nations, FAO has identified key priorities on which it is best placed to intervene. A comprehensive review of the Organization’s comparative advantages was undertaken which enabled strategic objectives to be set, representing the main areas of work on which FAO will concentrate its efforts in striving to achieve its vision and global goals.

How FAO Works

FAO creates and shares critical information about food, agriculture and natural resources in the form of global public goods. But this is not a one-way flow. We play a connector role, through identifying and working with different partners with established expertise, and facilitating a dialogue between those who have the knowledge and those who need it. By turning knowledge into action, FAO links the field to national, regional and global initiatives in a mutually reinforcing cycle. By joining forces, we facilitate partnerships for food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development between governments, development partners, civil society and the private sector.


Partnerships are at the heart of FAO’s mission to help build consensus for a world without hunger. The effectiveness and credibility of the Organization as a policy-making forum and unique multilingual centre of excellence, knowledge and technical expertise depends to a considerable degree on its ability to work and develop strategic partnerships to harness efforts to eradicate hunger.

Eradicating hunger is a challenge that FAO cannot – and should not – face alone. The Partnerships and Advocacy Branch is responsible for developing and strengthening partnerships with non-state actors that will help to accomplish FAO’s mandate, including non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academia, research and development institutes, the private sector, producers’ organizations and cooperatives. The Partnerships and Advocacy Branch is responsible for the implementation of both the FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society, and the FAO Strategy for Partnerships with the Private Sector.

The Corporate Partnerships and UN Relations Branch acts as Organizational focal point, at the policy level, for UN system matters.

This includes fostering proactive FAO contributions to policy coherence and coordination across the UN system at the intergovernmental (UN General Assembly, ECOSOC, etc.) and inter-agency levels (CEB, HLCP, UNDG, etc.) on UN reform processes and other relevant issues, with a special focus on collaboration with the other Rome-based UN system organizations, WFP and IFAD, and the UN Regional Economic Commissions, acting as a catalyst for FAO MDG-related activities and facilitating FAO’s participation in the post-2015 Development Agenda process. The Branch is also responsible for the implementation of the FAO Organization-wide Strategy on Partnerships, the development of a revitalized approach to collaboration with the United Nations system, including and especially the Rome-based agencies building on the earlier (2009) ” Directions for Collaboration among the Rome-based Agencies (WFP and IFAD)” policy paper approved by the three governing bodies.

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