Resource Mobilization

FAO COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme

FAO COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme. Partner with us to prevent a global food emergency

The world’s food systems are under threat. Partner with us to prevent a global food emergency.

The COVID-19 pandemic is jeopardizing human health and disrupting the food systems that are the foundations of health. Unless we take immediate action, we risk a global food emergency that could have long-term impacts on hundreds of millions of children and adults.

FAO’s is calling for USD 1.3 billion in initial investments to provide an agile and coordinated global response to ensure nutritious food for all both during and after the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme enables donors to leverage the Organization’s convening power, real-time data, early warning systems and technical expertise to direct support where and when it is needed most. Together, we can help the world’s most vulnerable, prevent further crises, increase resilience to shocks, and accelerate the rebuilding and sustainable transformation of our food systems.


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger continued to increase. In 2019, almost 690 million people  – or nearly one in ten people in the world – went hungry. According to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020, the pandemic may push an additional 130 million people in the world into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.

Measures to control virus outbreaks are disrupting global food supply chains. Border restrictions and lockdowns are slowing harvests, destroying livelihoods and hindering food transport. Food loss and waste is increasing, as farmers must resort to dumping perishables, and many people in urban centres are struggling to access fresh food.

Simultaneously, according to the World Bank’s estimates, the pandemic's economic impact could push about 100 million people into extreme poverty. Soaring unemployment rates, income losses and rising food costs are jeopardising food access in developed and developing countries alike. Each percentage point drop in global GDP is expected to result in an additional 700 000 stunted children. Smallholder farmers and their families, food workers in all sectors, and those living in commodity-and tourism-dependent economies are particularly vulnerable.

Equally urgent is the compounding threat of the pandemic on existing crises - such as conflict, natural disasters, climate change, pests and plagues - that are already stressing our food systems and triggering food insecurity around the globe.

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FAO's comprehensive and holistic COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme is designed to proactively and sustainably address the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. In line with the UN approach to “build back better,” and in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to mitigate the immediate impacts of the pandemic while strengthening the long-term resilience of food systems and livelihoods.

Through extensive analyses, ongoing consultations with decentralized offices and bilateral discussions with resource partners, FAO identified seven key areas of action needed to ensure rapid and continued support to the most vulnerable while anticipating the secondary repercussions of the virus.

FAO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme spans seven key priority areas:

Global humanitarian response plan

Budget USD 428 million

Time frame April–December 2020 (nine months)


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Data for decision-making

Read the concept note

Budget USD 24 million

Time frame July 2020–December 2022 (30 months)


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Economic inclusion and social protection to reduce poverty

Trade and food safety standards

Boosting smallholder resilience for recovery

Preventing the next zoonotic pandemic

Food systems transformation

Budget USD 50 million

Time frame 2020–2024 (four years)


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FAO Director-General QU Dongyu“Our ability to act,
in our shared best interest and
for greater collective impact,
has never been more important.”

FAO Director-General QU Dongyu


As a specialized agency of the United Nations, FAO provides partners with unique opportunities to demonstrate their values, increase their impact, and achieve development and humanitarian goals.

FAO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme leverages the Organization’s mobilizing power to lead international efforts through a flexible multilateral approach, which supports tailor-made partnerships and enables matchmaking between donors and those most in need of assistance. We invite a broad range of partnership, including both new and renewed partnerships with FAO Members, other governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and cooperatives.

Watch the webcast of FAO's online Global Dialogue: Joint action on COVID-19.

We urgently implore any organization or government interested in working together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, end global hunger and create a better future for all, to contact [email protected].