FAO and EU Partnership

Maungdaw, Myanmar - A woman carries a baby goat

European Union and FAO

Partnering for sustainable development

Since 1991, the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have collaborated through countless programmes in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Near East and Latin America, and our joint achievements have been significant.

Together we work towards a better future for all, through the sustainable use of resources, tackling climate change, and protecting biodiversity. The EU-FAO cooperation spans a wide range of issues, from food safety and security, sustainable agriculture, and disease and pest control, to land tenure, soil management, and the fight against illegal fisheries, desertification and deforestation.

The EU has established itself as a steadfast and leading resource partner for FAO. Between 2016 and 2019, it contributed more than USD 932 million to projects and programmes implemented by FAO. The EU-FAO partnership is sound and growing, driven by a common call to eradicate global poverty, hunger and malnutrition. This partnership is based on shared goals, interests and a common vision. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the EU and FAO leverage innovative approaches, tools and products that benefit the global community and catalyse positive change for millions of people in developing, emerging and developed countries, including those in the European Union.

Priorities for partnership

In September 2017, the EU and FAO agreed on four priority areas of work for the biennium 2018–2020:

Resilience and Food Crises

Resilience and Food Crises

The EU and FAO foster the nexus of humanitarian intervention, sustainable development and peace building to strengthen the livelihoods and resilience of vulnerable rural communities. Key initiatives include:

Climate Change and Natural Resource Management

Climate Change and Natural Resource Management

The EU and FAO work in partnership to fight climate change, and protect and better manage natural resources to ensure the health of communities, food systems and the planet. Key initiatives include:

Agricultural Investments and Sustainable Value Chains

Agricultural Investments and Sustainable Value Chains

The EU and FAO invest in rural areas and value chains by supporting smallholder farmers secure their livelihoods, while increasing their production and incomes. Key initiatives include:

Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems

Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems

The EU and FAO ensure agricultural development is people-centred, leading to improved production, access, availability and consumption of nutritious food for healthy diets. Key initiatives include: