Academia and Research Institutions

FAO produces a wealth of knowledge products ranging from digital data and knowledge platforms, to technical guidelines and tools, and e-learning courses. Such products are valuable learning resources for the academic community to enhance their research and capacity development.

FAO’s academia and research institution partners provide an important contribution to the development, dissemination and uptake of these resources while helping to develop capacities of professionals working in the food and agriculture sectors.

FAO E-learning Academy

The FAO e-Learning Academy offers over 350 multilingual e-learning courses, free of charge, as a global public good and is the result of a collaborative effort involving over 200 partners throughout the world. With a global audience of more than 600,000 users the FAO e-Learning Academy offers courses covering all priority areas of FAO, including sustainable food systems and nutrition, biodiversity, food safety, food losses, climate smart agriculture, child labor, gender, responsible governance to tenure, SDGs, among others.

Capacity development portal

Capacity development is a core function highlighted in FAO's strategic framework. It is a key to sustainable results at country level and ensures that FAO’s efforts lead to lasting changes. The Capacity Development portal provides access to tools and learning modules highlighting FAO’s approach to capacity development.

Knowledge platforms

Platforms such as AGORA, AGRIS, AGROVOC and AIMS provide free access to millions of digital records, research products, publications and key data on food and agriculture.

Hand in Hand Initiative

FAO launched the Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform with a large, rich set of data on food, agriculture, socioeconomics, and natural resources to help strengthen evidence-based decision-making in the food and agriculture sectors.

Technical courses

In collaboration with its academia and research institution partners, FAO continues to develop and refine numerous technical and knowledge tools, trainings, education courses and case studies, including examples such as Nutrition Education (ENACT), PlantVillage Nuru and In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (ISAVET)