Food Coalition

Membership

The Food Coalition is a voluntary alliance open to all partners and stakeholders (national governments, civil society and farmers’ organizations, academia and private sector entities) who are interested in joining a global and coordinated action towards agri-food systems transformation in the context of COVID-19.

Vision

Supporting countries to get back on track to meet SDG 1 and SDG2 and eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030.

Objective

Bring together and coordinate global actions by a variety of partners and stakeholders with shared values in order to avoid the current health crisis from becoming a food crisis.

The Food Coalition will advocate for transformed agri-food systems around the world by raising awareness, mobilizing financial resources, accessing technical expertise, and innovation in support of countries most in need.

Guiding Principles:

  1. Members of the Food Coalition work towards a common vision.
  2. An equal voice and inclusiveness are assured for all.
  3. Dialogue, advocacy and communication across different range of stakeholders are aligned to the vision and objective of the Food Coalition.
  4. All members realize mutual benefits from the process and learn from each other.
  5. Transparency and accountability are ensured by the leadership of the Food Coalition and all its members.

Nature of Food Coalition

The Food Coalition is not an autonomous legal entity but, a flexible and consensual global alliance, led by FAO.

The web-based hub is an open platform for all with access granted to its members to voluntarily contribute in support of identified country needs under the “Take Action” page.

Members of the Food Coalition are encouraged to support the alliance with voluntary contributions (financial and/or in-kind), the provision of experts and expertise in support of countries most in need, with innovative ideas, the exchange of knowledge, and advocacy events.

Membership

  • The Food Coalition is to open to a broad range of partners, such as 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 the objectives 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 the FAO strategy, policies and guidelines for collaboration with the private sector, academia and the civil society.
  • Consequently, prospective private sector, academia and civil society partners will be subject to FAO’s procedures and mechanisms for assessing adherence to those Guidelines.
  • In order to actively participate as a member, which includes access to additional information on this web-based hub, an official letter should be submitted 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, including the required credentials to access the hub, as well as ways to get involved.
  • Once the process is formalized and access is granted, members can access additional information concerning identified needs, the funding gap and resource demand, and express interest and define specific ways to contribute and support the Food Coalition.

Role of FAO

FAO leads the Food Coalition, undertaking the day to day management of activities, including the coordination of this alliance and the contribution of its members to the overall goal and objective.

FAO will further support the members of the Food Coalition with access to updated information on country needs and demand, including funding gaps and the expertise required. More importantly FAO will facilitate exchange of knowledge and expertise between countries addressing their needs, and will act as a neutral convener for open and transparent dialogues.

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