FAO is the lead agency for the Educational for Rural People Flagship since education is the key to sustainable development, food security and poverty reduction.

Education is an essential prerequisite for reducing poverty, improving agriculture and the living conditions of rural people and building a food-secure world.

FAO through the Education for Rural People Flagship gives its technical support to countries willing to address the basic educational needs for rural people within the overall effort of Poverty Reduction and Education for All strategies.