Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM)

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?

The FMM has been FAO’s main pooled funding mechanism for partners willing to contribute flexible funds to the Organization since 2010. It has allowed FAO to test and/or support the scaling up of proven and innovative development initiatives at global, regional and country levels. Flexible funding is indispensable for responding to development challenges in a timely and cost-effective manner. The FMM has enabled investments in new approaches and practices, and the strengthening of capacities to help women and men in rural communities respond to pressing challenges, while also creating global impact through the development and dissemination of knowledge products.

FMM contributions to FAO Strategic programmes

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 projects 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.