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Academia and Research Institutions nurture critical thinking and generate knowledge and state-of-the-art innovations that are essential for eliminating hunger and food insecurity. The challenge is to use these advancements for tangible improvements on the ground. This challenge provides the momentum behind the FAO-Academia Partnerships because enabling knowledge can pave the way for achieving food security.

Academia and Research Institutions

FAO is engaging in partnerships with a range of national, regional and international non-state actors including Academia, civil society, private sector, cooperatives, and farmer organizations.Together new opportunities can be forged to combat hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. 

Through partnership with Academia, FAO is ultimately bridging the gap between the development and adoption of research outcomes and innovations. This includes enabling policies, technologies and improved farming practices. Applying knowledge strategically can lead to increased agricultural productivity, raised income and food security and ultimately bring about real improvement for smallholder farmers and their communities.

The principle behind strengthening FAO-Academia Partnerships is to use each partner’s comparative advantage to make greater impact on the ground. By seeking novel and multidisciplinary solutions, FAO-Academia Partnerships aim to be:

  • Strategic - with common understanding of current and future needs of food and agriculture systems;
  • Efficient - linked to the delivery of the FAO Strategic Objectives, especially at regional and local levels, through shared resources and innovative collaborations;
  • Catalytic -mobilizing a diverse range of stakeholders, including youth, to support fight against hunger.

The FAO-Academia Partnership Team of the Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development facilitates institution-wide partnerships with Academia and Research Institutions. Its main objectives are to promote partnerships with universities and research institutions that:

  • Support FAO’s Strategic Objectives especially at the regional and local  levels. 
  • Support Regional Initiatives and each member states country programming framework which sets national priorities for food security.
  • Stimulate capacity development, inter-disciplinary research, knowledge exchange and help shape new policies. 
  • Foster dialogue and visibility to mobilize agriculture’s next generation of thinkers and doers.