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Our Partners

Partnerships are at the heart of FAO’s mission to help build consensus for a world without hunger and are a crucial enabler for achieving its Strategic Objectives.

In partnership, FAO can more effectively contribute to global efforts to eradicate hunger and reduce poverty, and improve food access for the poor and vulnerable. Partnerships also make it possible to mobilize the best available knowledge and capacities and provide the most effective services in working toward common goals.

FAO partnerships in the Philippines



·         Department of Agriculture (DA)

·         Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM)

·         Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)

·         Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

·         Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

·         Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

·         Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

·         Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM)

·         Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR)

·         Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)

·         National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)

·         National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

·         Local Government Units


FAO also works with affiliated agencies and technical agencies, including the:

·         Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)

·         Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)

·         Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI)

·         Forest Management Bureau (FMB)

·         Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA)

·         Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS)

·         Philippine Rice Research Institute

·         International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

·         Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

·         DOST PAGASA- Climate Prediction Section

·         DOST Food and Nutrition Research Institute


UN Agencies

FAO continues to collaborate closely with other UN agencies through the United Nations Philippines Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development (PFSD). FAO actively participated in the formulation of PFSD, which is anchored on the national priorities in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.

As a member of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), FAO serves as co-lead of the agriculture component of the Food Security Cluster and Agriculture Cluster under the IASC cluster arrangement. HCT is composed of UN agencies, multilateral financial institutions and NGOs.

FAO is also actively engaged in the Food Security Cluster in the Mindanao Humanitarian Country Team which is mainly focused on the internally-displaced persons in conflict affected areas in Mindanao.

·         United Nations in the Philippines


Non-government organizations (NGOs)

NGOs play a critical role in the fight against hunger given their technical expertise, their knowledge and capacity on a variety of issues related to food security, and their increasing presence in the field.

In the Philippines, FAO is working with more than 20 NGOs in the fight against hunger and poverty.

Community-based Organizations, Cooperatives and Farmers’ Associations

FAO is the lead agency ensuring that agriculture cooperatives and community-based organizations (CBOs) are recognized and remain in the international agenda. Agricultural and food cooperatives are important vehicles for reducing poverty and generating employment, and therefore contribute to socioeconomic development and, ultimately, food security.

FAO is working with over 275 CBOs, cooperatives and farmers’ associations in the Philippines. These organizations are instrumental in continuing the extension activities, promoting entrepreneurship and marketing which enable famers to take advantage of the new opportunities brought about by the global integration of agriculture and food systems.


Academia and Research Universities

FAO engages with academia and research institutions to ensure that knowledge and research are used to obtain concrete results on the ground.

FAO is working closely with

·         University of the Philippines Los Banos – Institute of Human Nutrition and Food

·         University of the Philippines Visayas

·         University of the Philippines Diliman – Institute for Geological Sciences

·         University of the Philippines Tacloban

·         Visayas State University

·         Central Bicol State University of Agriculture

·         Occidental Mindoro State College

·         Eastern Samar State University

·         Aklan State University

·         Polytechnic University of the Philippines

·         University of Southern Mindanao

·         Caraga State University

·         Samar State University

·         Western Philippines University

·         Coron School of Fisheries


Private Sector

FAO builds linkages with private sector organizations that can offer innovative and efficient ways of contributing to eradicating hunger and poverty. This is especially crucial in the area of entrepreneurship and marketing where networks and skillful negotiation are paramount. The private entities like social enterprises and chambers of commerce, with their willingness to share the real workings of business, are resourceful partners in sustaining the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.