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Hand-in-Hand Initiative

Hand-in-Hand (HIH) is an evidence-based, country-led and country-owned initiative of FAO to accelerate agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development to eradicate poverty (SDG 1) and end hunger and all forms of malnutrition (SDG 2). By promoting progress to achieve SDGs 1 and 2, the foundational objectives of the 2030 Agenda, HIH contributes to the attainment of all the other SDGs. The initiative prioritizes countries where national capacities and international support are limited, including Small Island Developing States and Least Developed States. Enhancing country ownership and leadership is a foundational objective of the Initiative. 

The implementation of the initiative has coincided with the onset of COVID-19. And the HIH approach to analysis and partnership-building has proven to be a useful model for coordinating integrated rapid response to COVID-19 impacts on food systems. The Initiative is being implemented with an eye toward fulfilling the United Nations Secretary-General’s vision to bolster the UN system’s data management and analytics, integrated policy services, partnerships, and finance and investment.

Region:
Global
POLICY THEME:
Climate Change, Decent Rural Employment, Governance, Nutrition and Food Systems, Rural Poverty Reduction, Social Protection, Support to Investment, Sustainable Agribusiness and Food Value Chains, Sustainable Food and Agriculture, Trade Policy
FAO ROLE:
Convener