Monday, 3rd December 2018 from 13.00 to 14.30
Sheikh Zayed Centre

Leveraging partnerships for sustainable agriculture and food security: FAO’s work with Belgium and Sweden


About the event:

Sweden and Belgium are global leaders on the aid effectiveness agenda and remarkable partners of FAO. As firm supporters of flexible funding and multilateralism, FAO’s partnership with the two countries is an exceptional example of how we can efficiently work together to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at the national, regional and global levels. By supporting FAO’s work across all its Strategic Programmes, including through FAO’s Regular Programme budget, the Multipartner Programme Support Mechanism (FMM), the Special Fund for Emergency Activities (SFERA) and other relevant facilities and networks, Belgium and Sweden are crucial contributors to FAO’s mission to reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition all over the world.


- Shedding light on the nature and scope of the current partnership between FAO, and Belgium and Sweden. This will be done through the launch of two new results-based reports that have been produced by FAO (TCR):

  • FAO + Belgium. Inclusive approaches to end hunger and promote prosperity
  • FAO + Sweden. A report on partnership

- Highlighting the importance of multilateralism and flexible funding, as well as the opportunities and challenges for FAO’s cooperation with Belgium and Sweden.


Refreshments and Photo Exhibit at 12:30 (Atrium)



Part I –  FAO’s work with Belgium and Sweden: Highlighting the scope and nature of the current partnership

Welcome remarks

Daniel Gustafson
Deputy Director-General (Programmes) 


Ambassador Frank Carruet
Permanent Representative of Belgium to FAO


Ambassador Robert Rydberg
Permanent Representative of Sweden to FAO

Part II – FAO’s cooperation with Belgium and Sweden at country level

The work of the Forest and Farm Facility in Bolivia

Ambassador Carlos Aparicio Vedia
Permanent representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to FAO

Video: Amplifying the potential of land and forest producer groups in Bolivia

The impact of Dimitra Clubs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Christiane Monsieur
Dimitra Project Coordinator, FAO

Video: FAO Dimitra Clubs in DRC for community mobilization

Building resilient livelihoods in Northern Nigeria

Minister Yaya Adisa Olaitan Olaniran
Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to FAO

Q & A session



Marcela Villarreal, Director Partnerships and South-South Cooperation Division (DPS)

Responsible office:

Co-organized by Belgium’s Permanent Representation, Sweden’s Permanent Representation and FAO (Resource Mobilization Division -TCR).


English, French, Spanish

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#CL160 #UNFAOresults ;  #TogetherForDevelopment #ZeroHunger