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Welcoming private-sector engagement

The private sector – big or small, local or global – is a key ally in the global fight against food insecurity, malnutrition and rural poverty. The ambitious 2030 Agenda requires all forms of partnership and resources to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the benefit of this generation and generations to come.

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While FAO has a long history of  partnering with the private sector, we are now scaling up our  engagement, formal and informal, recognizing the important catalytic role that the private sector plays in bringing about transformative change and finding innovative solutions to today's and tomorrow's development challenges. FAO has recently developed and launched a new Strategy for Private Sector Engagement (2021–2025), which lays out the Organization’s continued and enhanced commitment to joining forces for development progress.

The private sector – a broad definition:

  • Farmers and farmers’ organizations
  • Producers’ organizations and cooperatives
  • Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Large firms (national and multinational companies, including state-owned enterprises)
  • Financial institutions
  • Industry, trade associations and private-sector consortia
  • Philanthropic foundations

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Leveling the Playing Field: Eliminating inequalities in accessing science, technology and innovation across value chains

October 21 | Watch the webcast

Smallholder farmers and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), particularly those headed by women, face huge challenges in accessing appropriate scientific knowledge and technologies.  If we are to transform agriculture and food systems and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the playing field has to be leveled and the availability, affordability and relevancy of services and technologies have to be addressed particularly for poorest and most marginalized in society.

The session will highlight the barriers for accessing technologies, innovation and information services and present the ways and means to eliminate inequalities. The session will also see the launch of the Accelerator Mentorship Programme for Women-led Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa.


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