FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Partners

As an intergovernmental organization, FAO works with a large range of partners. To collectively address the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia-Pacific, the FAO regional office has a long-standing and close cooperation with:

In order to be successful in performing its mandate, FAO is mobilizing knowledge and capacities internally, but also externally with other relevant institutions. Collaboration with the civil society, parliamentarians, regional organizations, academic and research partners, as well as with other UN Agencies, especially the Rome-Based Agencies, will continue. Several already successful partnerships were strengthened through official agreements.

The COVID-19 context has deeply affected field programme orientation , as well as delivery approaches. To mitigate the impact of COVID-19, FAO quickly revisited ongoing and pipeline projects together with governments and resource partners to reorient the outcome to address the situation.

Due to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in the Region, substantial resources are being allocated domestically toward medical, social protection and economic stimulus programmes. As a result, ODA is declining and this trend is expected to continue for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Climate Financing has become a bigger part of RAP’s portfolio, as these vertical funds are not as strongly impacted by COVID-19.

Regional interest in private sector partnership increased (partly due to COVID-19, but also in general). For the first time in Asia and the Pacific, a private sector consultation was held in the lead-up to APRC35, and a private sector statement read during the APRC.

In December 2020, the FAO Council approved a new FAO Strategy for Private Sector Engagement 2021-25. FAO considers the private sector to be a key ally in the fight against hunger and malnutrition and the achievement of the SDGs. The COVID-19 pandemic has served to urgently highlight the importance of partnerships and leveraging knowledge and innovation in a time of limited resources.

Identification of new private sector partners will be more proactive and selective, focusing on those with the greatest potential to bring technology, innovation and financial resources to countries to help them achieve the SDGs. This will mean increased emphasis on small and medium enterprises, especially from developing countries.

As part of the New Strategy, FAO is establishing a web-based private sector Client Relations Management system portal, which will serve as an official channel through which the Organization can interact with prospective and current partners. The portal is based on principles of transparency, openness and inclusivity. The portal will enable FAO to engage with private sector entities in a more efficient, proactive and strategic manner.

In the Pacific, the FAO Subregional Office (SAP) works with national governments and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for national and regional assistance. The biennial meeting of FAO South West Pacific Ministers for Agriculture aligns FAO assistance with the priorities of the region.

FAO SAP works closely with the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) on various projects. They include the Pacific Expert Group on Food Security and Climate Change, established by FAO and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in October 2008. Three CROP agencies - the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and SPREP - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FAO SAP.