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“At FAO, we are taking a holistic view to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty. This approach is at the heart of our reviewed strategic framework.”

FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva

Partnerships are at the heart of FAO’s mission to help build consensus for a world without hunger. The effectiveness and credibility of the Organization as a policy-making forum and unique multilingual centre of excellence, knowledge and technical expertise depends to a considerable degree on its ability to work and develop strategic partnerships to harness efforts to eradicate hunger. 

Eradicating hunger is a challenge that FAO cannot - and should not - face alone. The Partnerships and Advocacy Branch is responsible for developing and strengthening partnerships with non-state actors that will help to accomplish FAO’s mandate, including non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academia, research and development institutes, the private sector, producers’ organizations and cooperatives. The Partnerships and Advocacy Branch is responsible for the implementation of both the FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society, and the FAO Strategy for Partnerships with the Private Sector.

The Corporate Partnerships and UN Relations Branch acts as Organizational focal point, at the policy level, for UN system matters.

This includes fostering proactive FAO contributions to policy coherence and coordination across the UN system at the intergovernmental (UN General Assembly, ECOSOC, etc.) and inter-agency levels (CEB, HLCP, UNDG, etc.) on UN reform processes and other relevant issues, with a special focus on collaboration with the other Rome-based UN system organizations, WFP and IFAD, and the UN Regional Economic Commissions, acting as a catalyst for FAO MDG-related activities and facilitating FAO’s participation in the post-2015 Development Agenda process. The Branch is also responsible for the implementation of the FAO Organization-wide Strategy on Partnerships, the development of a revitalized approach to collaboration with the United Nations system, including and especially the Rome-based agencies building on the earlier (2009) ” Directions for Collaboration among the Rome-based Agencies (WFP and IFAD)” policy paper approved by the three governing bodies.