The Initiative provides integrated analyses that identify key interactions, synergies, and trade-offs among actions to accelerate economic growth, ensure social inclusion, and promote sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources.

The event on 27-28 August will open doors to rewarding investment opportunities by fostering knowledge sharing and networking, bringing together key stakeholders along the agrifood value chain - business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, banks, policymakers, and development partners

The Hand-in-Hand (HIH) Initiative supports the implementation of nationally led, ambitious programmes to accelerate agrifood systems transformations by eradicating poverty (SDG1), ending hunger and malnutrition (SDG2), and reducing inequalities (SDG10). It uses advanced geospatial modeling and analytics, as well as a robust partnership-building approach to accelerate the market-based transformation of agrifood systems  to raise incomes, improve the nutritional status and well-being of poor and vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to climate change.


The Initiative prioritizes countries and territories where poverty and hunger are highest, national capacities are limited, or operational difficulties are greatest due to natural or man-made crises. Areas of intervention have included developing value chains for priority commodities, building agro-industries and efficient water management systems, introducing digital services and precision agriculture, reducing food losses and waste, and addressing climate challenges and weather risks.


The Hand-in-Hand Initiative, launched in 2019, is a flagship of FAO and one of its core priority programme areas.

Core Concepts

What is Hand-in-Hand? An evidence-based, country-owned and led initiative to accelerate agricultural transformation, with the goal of eradicating poverty, ending hunger and malnutrition, and reducing inequalities.

Active Countries

The Initiative supports 68 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East as of October 2023.

Geospatial Platform

With access to more than 2 million data and information layers, the platform serves as the evidence base for identifying territories where agricultural transformation have the greatest potential for alleviating poverty and hunger.

Data Lab

The Data Lab leverages non-conventional data sources and uses data science and artificial intelligence to fill data gaps.

Monitoring and Evaluation Dashboard

The dashboard provides regular, real-time reporting of progress against programme milestones and SDG objectives. It also provides key impacts and cost-benefit analysis.