Office of Strategy, Programme and Budget (OSP)

FAO’s Strategic Framework

FAO's Strategic Framework articulates FAO’s vision of a sustainable and food secure world for all, in the context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

A world facing escalating threats demands that we act without delay to safeguard life, transform our agri-food systems to future-proof our planet and lock in sustainable outcomes. The 2030 Agenda is there to guide us.

The development of FAO’s Strategic Framework took place during a period of unprecedented challenges driven by the COVID-19 pandemic - a global crisis, which highlighted the critical mandate of FAO to ensure functioning and sustainable agri-food systems that allow for sufficient production and consumption of food. With the arrival of the Director-General QU Dongyu, it has also been a period of increased efficiency, a blossoming digital FAO, as well as breaking down silos, removing administrative layers and innovating work processes. A new FAO is emerging, seeking ways to achieve more tangible results and better delivery with an innovative business model.

FAO's Strategic Framework seeks to support the 2030 Agenda through the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

FAO is uniquely placed to directly contribute to the achievement of a number of SDGs organized around FAO’s four aspirations (better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life).

Twenty Programme Priority Areas guide the programmes that FAO will implement under the four betters in order to fill critical gaps and contribute to the achievement of the selected SDG targets.  Programme Priority Areas are formulated as inter-disciplinary, issue-based technical themes, representing FAO’s strategic contribution to specific SDG targets and indicators.

FAO also applies four cross-cutting/cross-sectional “accelerators”: technology, innovation, data and complements (governance, human capital, and institutions) in all its programmatic interventions to accelerate progress and maximize efforts in meeting the SDGs and to realize its aspirations - the four betters.