FAO and EU Partnership

This partnership is based on shared interests, a common vision, and joint efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Together, the EU and FAO leverage innovative approaches, tools and products that benefit the global community, while also serving as important agents of positive change for millions of people in developing, emerging and developed countries, including those in the European Union.

During a strategic dialogue meeting in May 2021, the EU and FAO identified five priority areas for strategic cooperation in coming years:

  • Food systems and One Health
  • Climate change, biodiversity and natural resources
  • Food crises, food security and resilient livelihoods
  • Sustainable agrifood value chain investments and policies
  • Food system transformation through digitalization

The European Union is one of the largest resource partner in terms of voluntary contributions to FAO, and is among FAO’s most important partners through programmes implemented across the world.


European Union
total voluntary contributions in 2022

USD 190.209.632

Programmes and projects

The European Union–FAO partnership is strong and growing, as evidenced by the upward trend of the European Union’s voluntary contributions in recent years. This has enabled FAO to work extensively across the globe and in those regions where assistance is most needed.

The European Union is a solid and leading resource partner for FAO, supporting the Organization in providing policy guidance and technical advice, and in implementing programmes and projects in line with the Paris Agreement on climate action and the globally endorsed Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs).

Most of these contributions were directed towards the Better Life (42 percent), followed by initiatives to make Better Environment (33 percent), to have Better Production (18 percent) and to have Better Nutrition (7 percent). Moreover, the majority of European Union-funded projects supported vulnerable populations across the world through interregional projects (33 percent), in the Asia and the Pacific (29 percent) and in Africa (26 percent).