Since its foundation, FAO has had strong and continuous relations with a wide spectrum of civil society actors, engaged in FAO’s work at all levels from policy making to field technical activities, including farmers, fishers, indigenous peoples, youth and women and their organizations, among others; and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that provide services, influence public opinion, provide technical support and mobilize resources.
Civil society has shown that it can be a vital partner of FAO, contributing to bringing an end to hunger and ensuring a sustainable future for agriculture. This requires political will and vision, but also novel ways of working and collaborating together as partners.
The goal is to make FAO’s approach effective, global and country-based and to build on innovative, key strategic partnerships.
While global FAO-civil society partnerships have received wide attention over the last decades, it is recognized that regional and national initiatives need urgent enhancements. There are indeed regional working groups or other bodies which already benefit from FAO participation that were identified as possible mechanisms. Civil Society expressed commitment to participate in regionalized CFS as well as at the global level to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition and assess and monitor progress at national level.