Collaboration among FAO, WFP and IFAD


The mandates of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) complement each other. Their work directly contributes to the implementation of Agenda 2030.


Therefore it is evident that there is a huge potential for close collaboration between the three Rome Based Agencies.

The Rome UN hub is key to the United Nations’ sustainability agenda with a strong focus on development, humanitarian assistance food security, agriculture, and rural development.  Together, the three United Nations Rome-based Agencies (RBAs), offer a vast range of knowledge, financial tools and technical expertise, and are internationally recognized forums for discussing and furthering policy issues related to food security, agriculture, and nutrition.

Each of the three organizations has specific tasks, but they are complementary to each other.

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads international efforts to combat hunger. It is a knowledge organization that offers technical expertise on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also a forum for negotiating agreements among member states.
  • The World Food Programme (WFP) aims to eliminate hunger and malnutrition often in the context of political conflicts and natural disasters. It is the largest humanitarian agency in the world. Last year, WFP fed nearly 80 million people in around 75 countries.
  • The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) focuses on combating rural poverty and works with poor rural populations in developing countries to eradicate poverty, hunger and malnutrition, increase productivity and income in rural areas, and improve the quality of life.

The three agencies share a common vision of ending hunger and malnutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture and rural transformation, with a particular focus on smallholder farmers – women and men alike.

The Rome-based agencies have established thematic teams and working groups, to which each of them contributes its unique competencies and strengths. These groups cover areas such as resilience, climate change, financial inclusion, value chain approaches for nutrition, South–South and triangular cooperation, food security information, gender, food loss and waste, among others.

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