How can FAO and Civil Society Organizations engage better?
Over the years, Food and Agriculture Organization of UN has intensified its collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs). Hundreds have been involved in FAO’s technical work, emergency field operations, training and capacity building, and advocacy of best agricultural practices. The FAO Strategy for Partnerships with CSOs (2013) recognizes that CSOs play a critical role as important allies to enhance FAO's ability to eliminate hunger and malnutrition given their technical expertise, their proximity to, and representation of, the food insecure, land dispossessed and hungry, and their broad presence in the field.
Members called for an Evaluation of the Strategy in 2018, the findings of which indicated the need for increased attention to FAO-CSO engagement at country level. In 2019, the FAO Programme Committee accepted the results of the evaluation and reaffirmed the validity of the Strategy as the formal corporate document guiding FAO-CSO engagement.
Over the past years, CSOs have evolved in terms of coordination, structure, outreach, mobilization and advocacy capacity. And so did FAO, which in the current FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31 calls for transformative partnerships to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda’s aspiration of “Leaving No One Behind” and thus exploring a more strategic engagement with CSOs, capitalizing on the breadth and diversity of expertise and characteristics of CSOs.
This online consultation aims to identify and understand the opportunities and challenges for better and more transformative engagement between FAO and with CSOs. It will also stimulate the discussion among the participants that would allow the sharing of good practices, understanding of how other CSOs are working with FAO as well as highlighting the areas of improvement for better engagement.
The Civil Society Organization Partnerships team under the FAO Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division invites representatives from CSOs and other interested experts to provide their views and suggestions to:
To date, the efforts towards SDGs have not succeeded in reducing socio-economic inequality within and between countries.
How can FAO and CSOs work together to regain the momentum lost and work jointly to "leave no one behind”?
FAO seeks to accelerate transformation of agrifood systems to be more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable as a mean to achieve the 2030 agenda.
What and how can CSOs contribute to such transformation to boost impact on the ground? Please suggest concrete actions.
Climate change threatens our ability to ensure global food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development.
What FAO and CSOs could maximize collective impact to adapt and/or mitigate climate change?
Based on your partnering experience, can you share a good example of meaningful engagement with FAO or another UN agency/development partner? Please highlight what/why it worked well in your opinion.
At present, what are the most significant challenges CSOs face in their engagement with FAO? What could FAO do to address some of those challenges? Please provide concrete examples.
Participants’ suggestions and ideas shared through this online consultation will be taken into account by FAO to improve FAO-CSO collaboration. It’s an effort to strengthen the engagement between FAO and CSOs for the benefit of their shared objectives related to agrifood system transformation.
To take part in this online consultation, please register to the FSN Forum, if you are not yet a member, or “sign in” to your account. You can insert your comment the below box “Post your contribution” on this webpage. Comments are welcome in English, French and Spanish.
The consultation is open until 6 October 2023.
We look forward to your active participation and an exchange of view and suggestions!
Kayo Takenoshita, Team Leader, Civil Society Organization Partnerships team, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, FAO
FAO. 2022. Partnerships with Non-State Actors at FAO: Progress Report 2020–2021. Rome. https://www.fao.org/3/cc2246en/cc2246en.pdf
FAO. 2013. FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations Rome.
FAO. 2020. Evaluation of the FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations. PC 29/INF/7. https://www.fao.org/3/nd866en/nd866en.pdf
FAO. 2020. Evaluation of the FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations. Management Response. PC 129/INF/7 Sup.1/Rev.1. https://www.fao.org/3/ne011en/ne011en.pdf
FAO. 2021. FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-31. Rome. https://www.fao.org/3/cb7099en/cb7099en.pdf
FAO holds informal dialogue to strengthen engagement with civil society organizations: https://www.fao.org/partnerships/civil-society/news/news-article/en/c/1645180/
This activity is now closed. Please contact [email protected] for any further information.