Private Sector

Private sector partnerships are key to securing FAO’s vision of a world built on sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems. The private sector, from smallholder farmers to major companies, is at the forefront of transformative change and innovation, and can provide valuable support in driving social and economic inclusion by facilitating participation across value chains, providing access to markets, and promoting investment.  

As a global leader in food and agriculture, FAO helps to connect its Members with private sector partners around shared priorities, in support of the most vulnerable people. As a knowledge organization, FAO is an independent and neutral broker which supports the private sector in designing fit-for-purpose solutions that have the power to create positive development impacts where they are most needed.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will only be possible if all actors and key stakeholders, including the private sector, are fully engaged. Private sector organizations can play a catalytic role in improving the ways in which we invest and operate in agri-food systems. At the same time, private sector knowledge, expertise and innovation can be leveraged to ensure that the world moves forward in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way. 

FAO is committed to engaging with a variety of private sector partners in order to advance knowledge and innovation to achieve the SDGs, including: 

  • Farmers and farmers’ organizations
  • Producers’ organizations and cooperatives   
  • Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)  
  • Large national and multinational corporations  
  • Financial institutions  
  • Industry and trade organizations and consortia which represent private sector interests  
  • Philanthropic foundations