FAO Procurement

Doing Business with FAO


To fight hunger across the world, FAO relies on a strong supply chain consisting of international network of reliable and reputable Vendors.  Annually, FAO procures more than USD 150 million of goods, works and services from Vendors globally. Within any given project, there can be multiple business opportunities for interested and able Vendors.  

FAO acquires goods, works and services on the basis of a formal contract award procedure generally following a competitive procurement process. Participation to the solicitation process is based on invitation to registered, pre-selected Vendors. 

To do business with FAO, a Vendor must be registered using the UN Global Marketplace (UNGM), Vendor registration portal. Details of the Vendor registration process can be found by on the Vendor Registration page.

Submitting a completed application through the UNGM does not mean that a vendor will automatically be invited to tender. Invitation will depend on a company's experience, its ability to perform, financial soundness as well as the relevance of the goods, works or services offered.

All suppliers working with FAO must accept and abide by the FAO Revised General Terms and Conditions for Goods (soon to be available in French and Spanish) or the FAO Revised General Terms and Conditions for Services (soon to be available in French and Spanish). In doing so, the firm also agrees to abide by the UN Supplier Code of Conduct, and that the firm and all sub-contractors will provide reasonable access to the premises to conduct on-site evaluations and inspections as required. As of 1 January 2014, FAO has also introduced a Vendor Sanctions policy to which all suppliers are subject. Any bidders, vendors or implementing partners, as well as their agents that, following an investigation, are determined to have been involved with Sanctionable Actions by the FAO  Sanctions Committee, will be sanctioned by FAO. For more information, see Vendor Sanctions.

Depending on the value of the procurement action, methods of solicitation may include:

  • Very Low Value Procurement (under USD 1,000 for HQ and USD 500 for Field Offices)
  • Request for Quotation (RFQ) (under USD 5,000)
  • Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Invitation to Bid (ITB)

Tips for doing business with FAO:

  • Register your company using UNGM.
  • Keep information about your company and its products and/or services updated.
  • Prepare Responsive Offers that meet the requirements in the call for tenders.
  • Strictly comply with the tender closing deadlines.
  • Keep trying, even if you do not succeed on the first try.