As a government / civil society stakeholder working on / interest in SARD
This initiative offers all stakeholders an opportunity to reinvest in rural development to promote more equal benefit-sharing, reduce poverty, enhance livelihoods, and promote sustainable development. There has been a ground-swell of interest and political will in response to commitments made in Johannesburg for achieving concrete and time-bound results toward sustainable agriculture and rural development.
At this stage in its development, the Initiative has garnered initial funds in the form of financial and in-kind contributions from civil society representatives and the governments of Canada, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and the United States. We welcome support to the SARD Initiative through multi-lateral and bi-lateral support and private sector contributions for the implementation of civil society and FAO activities and contributions to the SARD Initiative. Besides programme and project funds, other forms of support include:
- Providing successful cases, research findings and/or decision support tools
- Sponsoring workshops or conferences on SARD issues
- Sponsoring learning exchanges, site visits and/or targeted training
- Offering services, expertise, knowledge and/or technologies
- Linking an existing project or initiative to the SARD Initiative
As an individual volunteer
You as an individual could participate in shaping a sustainable future through providing technical support to the SARD Initiative team in FAO. This is possible through the FAO Volunteer Programme designed to expand FAO's human resources capacity by providing opportunities for individuals to contribute their services on a voluntary basis to FAO. The FAO SARD Initiative team recruits volunteers through a highly selective process, and we strongly encourage developing countries citizen to apply. So far, the program has benefited from the support of more than 10 volunteers working for periods ranging from a few weeks to 6 months.