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Collaboration between FAO, WFP and IFAD

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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.

Logos FAO, IFAD, WFP
Logos FAO, IFAD, WFP© UN

Their work contributes directly to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the follow-up to the 2021 Food Systems Summit (FSS).

Therefore, for the three Rome UN organizations, it stands to reason that there is great potential for close collaboration.

Together, they also guarantee essential funding for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) as the central inclusive and intergovernmental platform to fight world hunger and ensure world food security.

The UN headquarters in Rome play a central role in the UN's sustainability agenda, with a particular focus on development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, food security, agriculture and rural development.

Together, the three Rome-based agencies (RBAs) of the United Nations can offer a wide range of knowledge, financial tools and technical expertise.

They are internationally recognized forums for discussing and addressing policy issues related to food security, agriculture and nutrition.

Each of the three organizations has specific tasks, but they complement each other.

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads international efforts to fight hunger. It is a knowledge organization that provides technical expertise for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is also a forum for negotiating agreements among member states.
  • The World Food Programme (WFP) aims to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, often in the context of conflict and natural disasters. It is the largest humanitarian organization in the world. Last year, the WFP fed 128 million people in 88 countries, more than ever before.
  • The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) focuses on rural poverty alleviation, hunger and malnutrition among smallholder farmers and the rural poor in developing countries. It promotes increased productivity, income opportunities and quality of life in rural areas and mobilizes additional resources for this purpose.

All three organizations 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.

FAO, WFP and IFAD have also established thematic teams and working groups to which each contributes its unique skills and strengths, and also collaborate in the field on joint projects.

These groups include areas such as

  • resilience,
  • climate change,
  • financial inclusion,
  • nutrition value chains,
  • South-South and triangular cooperation,
  • food security information,
  • gender, and
  • food loss and waste.

 As of June 2022

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