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Resource Partners

Partnerships play a crucial role in achieving Zero Hunger and make a real difference in the lives and livelihoods of farmers, fisherfolk and livestock keepers.

In the drive to achieve results towards each of its strategic priorities, FAO works with a variety of resource partners, International Financing Institutions, the private sector, foundations and national governments. Partners may provide both financial and non-financial support as well as knowledge-sharing and expertise.

FAO's overall programme of work is funded by assessed and voluntary contributions. The assessed contributions are Member countries' obligatory contributions to the United Nations and its specialized agencies. These are determined at the biennial FAO Conference. The voluntary contributions provided by Members and other partners to support governments for clearly defined purposes linked to the results framework, as well as direct support to FAO's core work.

Click here to read all about FAO's resource partnerships in 2017 in the interactive 2017 Results Partnerships - Impact 2018 report.

Opportunities for Partnerships

FAO provides partners with unique opportunities to demonstrate their values and commitment, and reach their humanitarian and development objectives, while contributing to a Zero Hunger World. FAO offers a wide range of partnership modalities to Member States and other resource partners who want to increase their investment in food and agriculture and collaborate with FAO to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

African Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF)

African Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF)

ASTF is an innovative Africa-led fund for mobilizing resources from one African country for the benefit of another, promoting intra-Africa collaboration.

Last year the ASTF successfully showcased African solidarity and demonstrated positive effects on the continent’s development toward eradicating hunger and malnutrition, eliminating rural poverty, and managing natural resources sustainably.

As of 2017, the ASTF allocated USD 37 million to 17 regional programmes and national projects, being implemented in 40 countries.

For more information, latest reports, news and success stories related to ASTF, please click here.

Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM)

Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM)

FMM funds are voluntary contributions not tied to a specific project but directly supporting FAO operations. The flexibility of pooled and unearmarked FMM funding makes it possible for FAO to allocate funds where they are most needed, anywhere in the world, and to any thematic area. As a result of FMM, progress in key areas of work, including on Antimicrobial Resistance, Resilience, Migration, and Climate Change, is possible. New strategic partnerships have emerged, and projects have stimulated cross-sectoral work, fostering synergies and new thinking, both within and outside FAO.

Belgium, the Netherlands, and Sweden were the first FAO resource partners to provide funds to the FMM. In 2017 Switzerland joined as a new resource partner for the FMM. With the original contributors renewing their commitment with generous contributions for 2016-2017, FAO was able to implement 17 new projects.

Portfolio of Priority Programmes

Portfolio of Priority Programmes

FAO is pleased to present a portfolio of programme priorities. It is organized around 12 focus areas, each highlighting a set of programmes that demonstrates where partnerships can tangibly scale up results.

The selection of programmes has been thoroughly screened by FAO's Business Development Task Force, composed of representatives from FAO's Strategic Programme Teams and Regional Offices. The chosen programme areas are based on FAO's Medium Term Plan and Member expectations. They are clearly aligned with achieving the SDGs and reflect successful results to be scaled up or replicated elsewhere new and innovative initiatives, and/or a response to emerging global concerns. The portfolio is dynamic and will be refreshed and updated as partnerships evolve. FAO invites you to browse the portfolio and engage in strategic discussion.