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Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to Sustainable Agricultural Development through Integrated Natural Resource Management through Strategic Objective 2 (SO2)

23/10/2018

The focus of Strategic Objective 2 stems from FAO’s vision for sustainable agriculture, which is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda. This evaluation assessed FAO’s efforts in promoting integrated approaches for making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable. These efforts have proven to be highly relevant in countries where agriculture and food systems face urgent sustainability challenges. The Sustainable Food and Agriculture (SFA) principles, developed within the SO2 framework, have been instrumental in integrating key concepts of agricultural sustainability into FAO technical and programmatic work. To demonstrate the efficacy of the new approaches, FAO needs to further detail the new models, consolidate the progress achieved and transform these lessons learned into replicable best practices. FAO would also need to integrate analysis of potential trade-offs between sustainability and productivity in the new programmes, and strengthen global partnerships and alliances towards achievement of sustainable food and agriculture systems.