FAO Awards

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FAO Partnership Award

A successful sustainable development agenda requires strong global partnerships and cooperation between governments, the private sector, civil society and academia. The objective of this Award is to recognize and reward the efforts of noteworthy and effective partnerships that contribute to achieving sustainable development.

Basic Criteria

The winning institution/organization demonstrates that they successfully contributed to an area of work related to FAO’s mandate, meeting one or all of the following criteria:

  • engaged local communities and relevant stakeholders with the aim to improve people’s lives  responding to their needs and rights and enhancing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • raised  visibility of the problem of hunger and malnutrition, communicating complex agricultural and economic issues to the wider public, and promoted successful solutions and projects for improved food security and nutrition;
  • presented an innovative idea, a new approach, or a unique policy that was implemented successfully and is adaptable to other contexts inspiring similar innovations within a given city, country, region or at the global level;
  • developed an initiative that demonstrates evidence of impact in improving peoples lives; and/or
  • successfully advocated for the value of policies and principles that FAO prioritizes.
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Selection Process

The Award is conferred for activities and programmes with remarkable achievements during the biennium preceding the current one. The Award will be presented by the Director-General to the individual or representative of the recipient institution during a special ceremony at the 175th session of the FAO Council on 10-14 June 2024.

The individual or representative of the selected institution will be invited to FAO Headquarters in Rome for the ceremony, the cost of travel being borne by the Organization.


End of January - Call for nominations

March  - Close call

April/May  - Screening

May- Selection

June - Ceremony 


Foundations for Farming

Foundations for Farming (FfF) of Zimbabwe has engaged with local communities and relevant stakeholders to improve people’s lives by responding to their needs and rights. FfF has supported beneficiaries in joint capacity-building activities with FAO, enhancing efforts to achieve the SDGs. The initiatives led by FfF demonstrated evidence of impact, helping nine million Zimbabweans achieve household food security. FfF has successfully reflected the principles of the Four Betters by working for better lives through the enhancement of small-scale farm profitability and improving the livelihoods of rural households, fostering inclusive growth and addressing gender inequalities. 




Wageningen University and Research (WUR)

The partnership between FAO and the Wageningen University and Research (WUR) puts innovative collaborations and enhanced coordination at its centre. It sets a new joint vision with the two organizations bridging the science-policy interface, linking research staff and policy-makers, and working through agile actions to efficiently tackle challenges in a rapidly changing world. Collaboration with academic institutions is a natural choice for FAO as a knowledge-based organization promoting science-based policies and solutions. WUR as a world leader in teaching and research in agriculture has been a long-standing partner of FAO.