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FAO and EU Partnership

About the partnership

The European Union and FAO are working more closely than even before. Partnership has strengthened both organizations in achieving their shared goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.

Working together on the ground in developing countries world wide, meeting to discuss policy issues and sharing know-how and information, the EU and FAO foster global food security and safety, and help promote sustainable rural development and natural resources management.

Collaboration covers in particular the following areas:

Policy dialogue

Policy dialogue

As a centre of excellence in normative work, FAO has a comparative advantage in facilitating international agreements in the areas of agriculture and food.

In the case of the  International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), which aims to prevent the spread of plant pests, the EU helps developing countries participate in its standard setting process.

FAO also offers a neutral forum to develop policies relating to agriculture and rural development, for instance through the IGAD Livestock Policy Initiative.

This initiative, funded with € 6 million by the EU, aims to strengthen the livestock sector in the IGAD region with a view to improving food security and reducing poverty.

Information and knowledge exchange

Information and knowledge exchange

Under its mandate to generate, mobilize and disseminate knowledge relevant to sound stewardship in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, FAO works as a global hub for knowledge management.

Through its partnership with the EU, FAO has been able to establish the Food Security Information for Action Programme (FSIAP) that aims to build the food security policy-making capacity of 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central and Southeast Asia.

Field cooperation

Field cooperation

With EU assistance, FAO provides field-level delivery of the knowledge, skills and capabilities required to meet global challenges of food safety and agriculture.

FAO is currently carrying out well over 160 EU-funded projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and Latin-America:

In 2009, the EU joined FAO in its efforts to turn the tide of growing hunger in the world by boosting agricultural production with massive support for global food security through its ‘Food Facility’.


Increased collaboration confirms that the EU acknowledges FAO as a key partner in its fight to alleviate rural poverty and hunger, and that it recognises the crucial role of agriculture in bringing this about.
The European Union became a member of FAO in 1991. Since 1993 the two institutions are engaged in technical cooperation, and in 2004 the EU and FAO became strategic partners. 
FAO works with the following EC Directorates-General: