Sustainable Food and Agriculture

The foundation of sustainability is striking a balance between ensuring the right to a nutritious diet for the world's population and protecting the earth's natural resources and diverse ecosystems. Building partnerships across sectors, within all levels of society, is essential for effective engagement with all stakeholders - from advocates representing the hungry and poor, to researchers involved in knowledge creation and businesses that commercialize products and practices. Through collaborative initiatives and its contribution to international partnerships, FAO can enhance capacities and catalyse knowledge and information sharing for development solutions. 


  • The Commission strives to halt the loss of genetic resources for food and agriculture, and to ensure world food security and sustainable development by promoting their conservation, sustainable use, including exchange, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from their use.
  • The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture seeks to improve people s food security and nutrition in the face of climate change. It will help adjusting agricultural, forestry and fisheries practices, food systems and social policies to better take account of climate change and the efficient use of natural resources.
  • To help countries promote energy-smart agrifood systems through the identification, planning and implementation of appropriate energy, water, food security and climate-smart strategies that spur agricultural growth and rural development, in 2012 FAO has launched the multi-partner ESF Programme.
  • The Agenda is a partnership of livestock sector stakeholders committed to the sustainable development of the sector. The Agenda builds consensus on the path towards sustainability and catalyzes coherent and collective practice change through dialogue, consultation and joint analysis.
  • The GSP will develop awareness and contribute to the development of capacities, build on best available science, and facilitate/contribute to the exchange of knowledge and technologies among stakeholders for the sustainable management and use of soil resources.
  • The REDD+ Partnership serves as an interim platform for its partner countries to scale up actions and finance for initiatives to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in developing countries.

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