FAO and EU Partnership

FAO and EU Food Facility

Turning the rising tide of hunger

When food prices hit record highs in 2007-2008, leading to unacceptable levels of hunger around the world, the European Union (EU) responded quickly and massively with the € 1 billion Food Facility.

Europe's support comes at a critical moment: one out of six persons on this planet is undernourished, more than ever before. 

Launched in 2009, the EU Food Facility is a two-year programme to help developing countries move towards long-term food security.

Over €232 million is being channelled through FAO, allowing the organisation to field operations in twenty-eight countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, touching the lives of more than 9 million people in rural areas.

The Food Facility responds to FAO’s urgent calls for increased investment in agriculture after three decades of decline.

It targets the transition period from emergency aid to longer-term development. FAO is helping to boost agricultural production by working with local communities and farmer organizations on quality agricultural inputs, seed and livestock production, extension, access to markets, storage, irrigation and conservation agriculture.

A small portion of funds were diverted to contribute to FAO’s relief efforts following emergencies in countries where FAO was already operating Food Facility projects, such as Haiti and Pakistan.

Set up in close collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, the Food Facility focuses on programmes that will have a quick but lasting impact on food security.

EUFF projects are embedded in government policies for food security and poverty reduction and are in line with government programmes to address the food price crisis.

Boosting agricultural productivity

Helping developing countries move towards long-term food security, FAO projects under the EU Food Facility cover the following areas:

  • expanding certified seed production
  • ensuring access to quality inputs and appropriate extension
  • strengthening existing farmer-based organizations
  • improving storage infrastructure
  • facilitating linkages to markets
  • establishing and strengthening community-managed irrigation schemes
  • increasing livestock production
  • promoting conservation agriculture