Academia and Research Institutions

Our Approach

FAO enters into partnerships with Academia and Research Institutions that are recognized and accredited institutions, with professional scholars and students engaged in both higher education and research and enjoy academic freedom and institutional autonomy. Partnerships are built on ongoing collaborations and are based on the comparative advantages of each partner. All partnerships should lead to a clear and mutual added value in terms of results relevant to shared goals and objectives. 

The Guiding Principles from the FAO Organization-wide Strategy on Partnerships are applicable to all collaborative arrangements, including those with Academia and Research Institutions. These principles are applied whenever the Organization is reviewing existing partnerships or considering entering into a new partnership or collaboration. 

For partnering with FAO, the academia institution is required to adhere to UN Business Guidelines and similar principles of other UN agencies. In addition, the criteria are as follows. The institution should  

  • Be an accredited institution of higher education, provide high quality education and research
  • Be a recognized expert in the context of activities to take place within the partnership
  • Have institutional autonomy and academic freedom in the pursuit of knowledge
  • Be transparent in its governance and funding sources, including within the scope of the FAO partnership.

When developing a partnership, the scope, purpose and/or rationale of the partnership should be specified and reference the FAO Strategic Objective, Organisational Output, and/or product and service to which it will contribute. It must be clear that the proposed partnership provides a benefit to FAO or its Members. A time bound work plan should be drawn up with clearly agreed activities, timeframe and envisaged results of the partnership. If the partnership foresees joint activities at country level, the FAO country office and the Government must: review the partnership to assess whether it makes an adequate contribution to the Country Programme Framework, and endorse the partner. The proposed partnership must be supported and endorsed by the technical units responsible for the concerned areas. A strategy for long-term sustainability, review and termination or up-scaling is also outlined jointly with the partner. The Academia Team of  the Partnership Unit facilitates the process.