FAO and EU Partnership

The EU and FAO in figures

The EU has established itself as a solid and leading resource partner for FAO. Total EU voluntary contributions to FAO from 2018 to 2019 amounted to more than USD 512 million. This enabled FAO to work extensively across the globe and in particular in those regions where assistance was most needed. Between 2018 and 2019, 32% of EU contributions were directed to Africa, with provisions also targeting Europe, Latin America, the Near East, Asia, as well as interregional initiatives. During the same period, 71% of EU contributions were allocated to development initiatives, and 29% to resilience.

The EU has showed great willingness to work with and through FAO to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Between 2018 and 2019, EU contributions to FAO’s areas of work, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, saw a large portion of funds (43%) going towards increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises. Nearly one third of EU funds (27%) went toward making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable; and the remaining contributions were directed to enabling inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems (22%), helping to eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition (4%); reducing rural poverty (3%); and technical quality, statistics and cross-cutting themes (1%).