Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM)
The Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism

Flexible Multipartner Mechanism has supported

Smallholders in LIDCs
Smallholders in LIDCs
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Small Island Deloping States (SIDS)
Countries in vulnerable situation
Countries in vulnerable situation

What is the FMM?

Since 2010, the Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM) has been FAO’s main pooled funding mechanism for resource partners willing to contribute flexible, voluntary and multi-year resources to the Organization for the achievement of results under FAO’s Strategic Framework and the realization of catalytic impacts.

The FMM has been instrumental for testing and scaling up essential development initiatives around the world. The strength of the Mechanism is that funds are not earmarked or limited to specific projects or initiatives, permitting much needed resources to be directed in a cost-effective manner to where and when they are most necessary.

The evolution of the FMM could not have been more relevant during these times, with the global community calling for increased flexible funding to tackle the world’s most pressing needs. In 2020, the importance of flexibility for FAO to effectively address complex issues related to food and agriculture in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is more evident than ever, allowing the Organization to respond quickly and holistically to both immediate and longer-term challenges.

What is the role of the FMM in building a sustainable and Zero Hunger world?

The FMM has supported the development of innovative solutions for farmers and food producers and assisted them in tackling emerging priorities. FMM-funded initiatives have also leveraged additional funding, fostered cross-sector visions and stimulated new partnerships – three necessary conditions for progress in achieving the SDGs.

Results are numerous with the uptake of new agricultural practices and the piloting of new ones, the adoption of policies and strategies, the set-up of cross-sectoral policy platforms and the strengthening of capacities across a wide range of topics and countries.

Why is unearmarked pooled funding important?

In 2013, non-core resources accounted for some 75 percent of total United Nations Development system (UNDS) resources, compared to 56 percent in 1998. This affects budgets, partnerships and projects.

The trend of a continuous reduction in core resources increased earmarking, and unpredictable and short-term funding patterns needs to be reversed. More funding needs to flow into joint programming and other funding mechanisms, such as the FMM, that are outcome-based rather than project-base and foster collaboration rather than inefficient competition.

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