FAO and the GEF

Partnering for Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment

The partnership between FAO and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides support to countries in their efforts to address the critical nexus between agriculture and the environment.

GEF is an increasingly important partner for FAO not only because of the financing available, but because FAO and GEF share key priorities such as biodiversity mainstreaming, climate change adaptation, land degradation neutrality, and transboundary water and fisheries management. Today, FAO manages a portfolio of USD 864 million (191 projects) covering all GEF focal areas, and implements GEF projects in more than 130 countries. FAO is amongst the top 4 of 18 GEF agencies.

The GEF-7 program, with its signature integrated Impact Programs (IP), is more aligned with FAO's comparative advantages in the larger sustainable agriculture space than ever before. The program emphasizes innovation, private sector partnerships, and integrated systems-based solutions more than ever.

FAO is also the lead agency for the integrated GEF-7 Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program (DSL IP) which takes an innovative, transformational approach to tackling the challenges threatening the fragile ecosystems in the Drylands.

FAO became a full-fledged member of the GEF in 2006. Over the past 14 years, the FAO-GEF partnership has helped deliver more than 190 projects in over 130 countries across continents. These projects have benefitted more than 4.6 million women and men, created over 350 000 jobs in rural communities, safeguarded biodiversity in 189 vulnerable marine ecosystems, and saved close to a thousand crop varieties and animal species and breeds from extinction.

Impact in numbers*

*Numbers represent the sums of figures reported by management teams of over 190 projects. Marginal differences are expected.