FAO Liaison Office in Brussels

Belgian Federal Government

Belgium’s continuous support to all areas of FAO’s work has strengthened the organization over the years, not only in its fight against hunger in all its forms, but also in its work to help family farmers and their communities on a path to prosperity. Belgium has deepened its engagement with FAO in a number of ways, including through a new framework agreement signed in 2016, which will strengthen the partnership and reinforce collaboration between FAO and the different Belgian actors, including civil society, research centers and universities.

Belgium is one of FAO’s major supporters. The Kingdom’s commitment to provide flexible funding through mechanisms like FAO’s Multipartner Programme Support Mechanism (FMM) and the Special Fund for Emergency Activities (SFERA) has boosted the Organization’s capacity to pioneer more impactful ways of working, and respond faster to emergencies. FAO and Belgium have a longstanding partnership and joint vision to save lives, safeguard livelihoods and human dignity, and build resilience to future crises while bridging the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. Belgium provided critical support to FAO’s humanitarian and resilience work, contributing USD 51 million over the period 2014-2019. It is not only one of the largest resource partners in this field but also one of the most reliable and innovative.

The strategic alignment between Belgium and FAO was last reevaluated in December 2018 and focuses on the following areas:

  • Food security as a catalyst for achieving the SDGs
  • Promoting the role and rights of women as a key to thriving rural economies
  • Placing farmers at the center of agriculture development and promoting their full and equitable participation to value chains
  • Harnessing the benefits of innovation and new technologies as a key to supporting rural development and food security

Belgium’s longstanding support to multilateralism and the United Nations system remains of vital importance today.

Read more about Belgium funded projects and their success stories here.

Belgian Regional Governments

Flanders

The Government of Flanders is another long-term and appreciated partner of FAO's. In early 2021, Minister-President of Flanders, Jan Jambon signed a historic framework agreement to enhance the cooperation between the Government of Flanders and FAO on a range of international development issues. Currently, FAO is partnering with Flanders on four ongoing projects:

  • Strengthening integrated adaptation planning and implementation in Southern Africa smallholder agriculture in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
  • Building the marketing capacities of smallholder farmers in Malawi's Mzimba and Kasungu Districts
  • Land use planning and sustainable land and water management for improved agricultural productivity in Malawi
  • Grant to the Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism for Accelerated Impact Fund (FMM)

Wallonia

In 2017, FAO signed a memorandum of understanding with the Université de Liège. The partnership focuses on a number of jointly-identified priority areas. The partnership will enable both instituions to work under a framework which can be adapted to evolving global needs and identifying new opportunities for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In 2013, the Université Catholique de Louvain and FAO signed a memorandum of understanding. The goal of the partnership is to enhance institutional knowledge exchange and strengthen capacities to address global climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as combating desertification.