Food Coalition

Proposed by the Government of Italy and led by FAO, the Food Coalition is a voluntary alliance open to all stakeholders who are interested in supporting global, coordinated action to safeguard food security and nutrition and promote sustainable agri-food systems transformation in the wake of COVID-19.

The Food Coalition is not an autonomous legal entity, but a global alliance with voluntary participation. FAO leads the alliance, undertaking the day-to-day management of activities, including the coordination of the Food Coalition’s members and their contributions to the goals of the alliance, and provides updated information on country needs, including funding gaps and required expertise. Most importantly, FAO facilitates exchanges of knowledge and expertise between countries which seek support of the Food Coalition, and acts as a neutral convener for open and transparent dialogues.

Mission and vision

The Food Coalition aims to bring together actors across a range of sectors – from governments and civil society to academia, farmers’ organizations and the private sector – around a common goal: helping countries to get back on track after the COVID-19 pandemic in order to eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030.

The Food Coalition will work to prevent the current health crisis from becoming a food crisis, guided by the following principles:

  • Members of the Food Coalition will work towards a common vision;
  • All members of the Food Coalition will have an equal voice;
  • Dialogue, advocacy and communication between all stakeholders will be aligned to the mission and vision of the Food Coalition;
  • All members will realize mutual benefits  and learn from each other;
  • The leadership and members of the Food Coalition will ensure transparency and accountability in all actions.


Members of the Food Coalition are encouraged to support the work of the alliance with voluntary contributions (financial and/or in-kind), the provision of experts and expertise, innovation, exchange of knowledge, and advocacy in support of identified country needs.

Membership in the Food Coalition is to open to a broad range of partners, including national governments, international organizations, civil society organizations, academia and private sector entities.

Entities wishing to become a member of the Food Coalition must adhere to its mission and guiding principles. The membership of Non-State Actors, including private sector entities, is subject to the requirements indicated in the Guidelines on Cooperation between the United Nations and the Business Community and in the FAO Strategy for Private Sector Engagement 2021-2025, as well as the policies and guidelines for collaboration with the private sector, academia and the civil society. Prospective private sector, academia and civil society partners will be subject to FAO’s procedures and mechanisms for assessing adherence to those guidelines.



Become a member

To become a member of the Food Coalition, entities should submit an official letter to the following email address: [email protected].

The request for membership will be reviewed by FAO Senior Management, and an official response will be provided. Once the process is formalized, members will be granted credentials for the web hub, allowing them to access additional information concerning identified needs, funding gaps and resource demands, and express interest and define specific ways to contribute and support the Food Coalition.

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