FAO Liaison Office in Brussels

EU-funded projects

Since 1991, the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization have collaborated through countless programmes in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean and our joint achievements have been significant. FAO has also joined efforts with the African Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) of States, who, together with the funding from the European Development Fund (EDF) have taken the initiative in multiple project areas.

Stories from the Field

RESSOURCE Project / Counting for better conservation in Senegal
Training local farmers in Papua New Guinea
Mobilizing financial and technical resources in Chad
Combatting illegal logging in Mozambique
Empowering women and revitalizing dairy production in Iraq
Food and nutrition security policy and investment plan in Palestine
Strengthening Independent Forest Monitoring in Indonesia
Reorganizing land to boost farms’ productivity in North Macedonia
Facilitating the realization of the right to food in Fiji

Selected major ongoing projects

Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade in Papua New Guinea (STREIT)

Papua New Guinea

Budget: 89 800 589 USD

EOD: 1 December 2019

NTE: 30 November 2024

The STREIT project is unique and innovative, focusing on women, youth and climate change and focuses on the particularly vulnerable Momase region of Papua New Guinea aiming to improve sustainable and inclusive economic development and job creation. The activities of the project will focus on increased economic return from cocoa, vanilla and fisheries value chains. They will help to create and strengthen climate-resilient, more efficient, sustainable and inclusive value chains with improvements to infrastructure and renewable energy. The project is United Nations Joint programme with FAO as the lead implementing and coordinating agency and other specialized interventions by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and UN Women.

Global Network Against Food Crises Partnership Programme


Budget: 84 541 063 USD

EOD: 28 July 2018

NTE: 27 December 2022

The Global Network on Food Crises Partnership Programme aims to enhance livelihoods’ resilience to food crises, through its contribution to the operationalization of the Global Network against Food Crises, which will play a central role in translating evidence-based analysis into policy change at both global and country level, while promoting coordinated responses and sustainable solutions to food crises.

Sustainable Wildlife Management


Budget: 50 278 500 USD

EOD: 09 June 2017

NTE: 08 June 2024

The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) programme is a seven-year initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) funded by the 11th European Development Fund and implemented by a consortium of partners, including CIFOR, CIRAD and WCS and led by FAO. Through projects in 12 ACP pilot countries, the SWM programme aims to reduce unsustainable hunting practices, bring wild meat consumption down to sustainable levels, protecting endangered wildlife species and conserving biodiversity, while at the same time addressing the food security and nutrition concerns of rural and indigenous communities.



Budget: 44 281 380 USD

EOD: 1 January 2020

NTE: 31 December 2024

FISH4ACP is an initiative of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) contributing to food and nutrition security, economic prosperity and job creation by ensuring the economic, social and environmental sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture value chains in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. FISH4ACP is implemented by FAO and partners with funding from the European Union. FISH4ACP seeks to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of ten fisheries and aquaculture value chains in ten OACPS member countries, making sure that economic improvements go hand in hand with environmental sustainability and social inclusiveness. It will pay special attention to small and medium-sized businesses, because of their potential to deliver economic and social benefits, particularly for women and youth.

Policy FIRST

Inter Regional

Budget: 41 975 669 USD

EOD: 12 June 2015

NTE: 11 December 2022

The Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) programme is a policy assistance mechanism aimed at strengthening the enabling policy and institutional environment for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture in a number of selected countries and regions. Working with 32 countries, one territory (West Bank and Gaza Strip) and a sub-regional organisation (ECOWAS), the FIRST programme has been providing policy assistance and capacity development for policy formulation and implementation through a network of Policy Officers and Technical Experts, seconded to work directly with partners in developing coherent sectoral and cross-sectoral policy and programme frameworks.

FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme


Budget: 36 882 353 USD

EOD: 01 January 2016

NTE: 31 December 2021

The FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting trade in legally produced timber. The FAO-EU FLEGT programme works in support of the European Commission’s Action Plan on FLEGT, by channeling support and granting funds to local government institutions, civil society and private sector organizations to implement projects that improve forest governance and promote trade in legal timber products.

Afikepo - Nutrition programme in Malawi


Budget: 27 247 983 USD

EOD: 09 July 2017

NTE: 30 June 2022

The afikepo Nutrition Programme in Malawi, implemented by FAO together with UNICEF, aims to increase and diversify dietary intake of safe and nutritious foods to achieve optimal nutrition for women, adolescent girls, infants and young children in targeted districts. The programme also works on strengthening multi-sectoral governance of nutrition, informing national policies and contributing to development planning and monitoring at both national and district level.

Programme for Strengthening the Resilience of Food Systems "The taste of Life" (P2RSA)


Budget: 26 739 239 USD

EOD: 1 February 2022

NTE: 31 January 2025

The P2RSA aims to strengthen the resilience of rural populations to better cope with and recover quickly from multiple recurrent multidimensional shocks/crises, present and future. In total, about 40,000 households, or about 240,000 people (on average 1,500 people/village, in the 160 targeted villages) will benefit from the program. They will participate in all the different stages of program implementation: (i) during the participatory diagnosis carried out at start-up (ii) when developing their response plans/graduation plans based on their priorities; as well as (iii) during regular monitoring and annual evaluations.

Global Sustainable Cocoa Initiative


Budget: 10 282 000 USD

EOD: 1 November 2021

NTE: 31 October 2024

This project seeks to achieve two key outcomes using project resources to resolve two primary problems related to the current unsustainability of the cocoa sector and required to achieve the aforementioned project impact. They address the complementary roles of critical public goods and the empowerment and capacities of private sector actors to carry out their activities in a manner consistent with the overall cocoa sector sustainability. These two outcomes will help public and private cocoa value chain stakeholders to comply with upcoming legislation regarding the sustainability of cocoa imported into the EU.

Public sector focus: In coordination with national authorities and SCI partners (EFI, GIZ, JRC), accelerate the strategic and sustainable transformation of the cocoa value chain through increased understanding of potential reform options, such as supply management mechanisms, and capacities to implement, strengthen or reform the institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks necessary for sustainable cocoa production, including strengthened traceability mechanisms.

Private sector focus: To empower private sector actors – including producers and producer cooperatives as well as the cocoa industry (ECA) – to improve the economic (LID), environmental (zero-deforestation) and social (elimination of WFCL) sustainability of cocoa production, through responsible business practices and compliance with environmental and social sustainability standards (due diligence).

Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in ACP Countries


Budget: 9 964 800 USD

EOD: 15 October 2019

NTE: 14 April 2024

In the majority of developing countries, pesticides are widely used for the control of pests and diseases in agriculture. Unsound chemical management, the use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs), the presence of unsafeguarded obsolete stocks of pesticides and the overall poor management of pesticide products pose significant and often unacceptable risks to human health and the environment. The third phase of the project continues and builds on phase 2 and 1 which have have mainstreamed environmental management issues within institutions and national development plans in a large number of ACP countries.

Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+) Scaling up Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change in Uganda


Budget: 9 109 600 USD

EOD: 11 December 2018

NTE: 10 December 2023

The GCCA+ Uganda project aims to contribute to the sustainable and gender transformative improvement of resilient livelihoods and food security for rural populations in Uganda. More specifically, this action aims to strengthen the inclusive and gender responsive resilience to climate change of rural populations and agricultural production systems in the Central Cattle Corridor, which remains one of the regions in Uganda most vulnerable to climate change.

Resilient, Inclusive and Competitive Agriculture Value Chain Development in Southern and Central Regions of Somalia


Budget: 7 970 900 USD

EOD: 01 February 2019

NTE: 31 January 2022

This DEVCO-funded project aims to increase competitiveness, inclusiveness and sustainability of agriculture value chains through effective public-private-producer partnerships, while practicing sustainable agriculture and Natural Resource Management in the Southern and Central regions of Somalia. This is being achieved by focusing on increasing sustainable production and productivity of smallholder farmers, improving markets access and competitiveness while supporting governance issues along the various value chains.

AGRINTEL - Support to agrifood investment decision-making


Budget: 4 545 455 USD

EOD: 01 October 2018

NTE: 30 September 2022

The AgrIntel project is driven by the overarching goal to foster SDG-compliant investments in efficient and inclusive agrifood systems, in line with the EU’s development priorities and FAO’s strategic framework. Led by FAO’s Investment Centre, the AgrIntel project provides decision-making support and technical assistance services to DG DEVCO/AgriNatura to improve the sustainability of agri-food investments and value chains. AgrIntel contributes to addressing the general lack of private investment financing at the upstream end of agri-food value chains, especially for micro, small and medium enterprises and smallholders, while responding to the need for enhanced sustainability in existing agricultural investment schemes.

Gender Transformative Approaches


Budget: 3 423 994 USD

EOD: 1 November 2018

NTE: 31 October 2022

The Gender Transformative Approaches (GTAs) project supports the activities of FAO, IFAD and WFP to embed gender transformative approaches in policy dialogue, programmes, institutional culture and the working modalities of the three Rome-Based Agencies in contributing to deliver not only on SDG2 but also SDG1, including improved synergies and effectiveness of interventions.

Strengthening governance of food security and nutrition tthrough the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)


Budget: 1 689 425 USD

EOD: 14 January 2019

NTE: 13 January 2022

Through this project, the European Commission’s DG DEVCO support FAO and the WFP in strengthening governance of food security and nutrition through the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The project supports the activities of three key components of the CFS, namely the CFS Secretariat, the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) and the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM), with an overall view to strengthen the CFS as the foremost most inclusive multi-stakeholder platform on food security and nutrition in the world.