Measuring the private sector’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
Through a series of joint workshops, FAO and Google helped users to increase their fluency in tools and encourage the use of available geospatial tools - such as Earth Map, Collect Earth and SEPAL - for a number of projects led by FAO, as well as by other agencies. 
Paradise Foods Ltd and FAO are collaborating in the East and West Sepik provinces to support certification schemes for smallholder cocoa production that attest to the quality of the product for trade.

Why connect?

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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World Food Day 2021

Nature works tirelessly on our behalf providing us with our essential needs - water, food, clean air, medicine, and materials for shelter. But the way we produce, consume and waste food is putting unnecessary pressure on natural resources, the environment and climate. It’s time for us to learn from nature and work with it, not against it.

Agri-food systems are like ecosystems in that everything is connected but we need to make choices and actions that help them develop a better synergy. People from all walks of life, their livelihoods, our health and that of our planet need nurturing to thrive.

What can the private sector do?

Key facts

In focus

  • FAO and partners reach out to business world with "Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge"
  • AMR Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform - Creating a movement for change through engaging multiple actors and voices
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