FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation

Academia, Research Institutions and Universities

Partnerships with academia, research institutions and universities transform scientific knowledge into a powerful resource for eradicating hunger and malnutrition and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). FAO actively collaborates in this area to mobilize knowledge and innovation, build capacity, support evidence-based policy-making and share the Organization's field experience with the academic community.


FAO is partnering with academia, research institutions and universities to:
• assist partners to leverage their knowledge base and information resources for the benefit of local stakeholders;
• build capacity, stimulate innovative research, exchange and disseminate knowledge and experience;
• increase the degree of involvement of the academic community in dialogue on food security and sustainability;
• create awareness of key FAO initiatives to improve food security and nutrition, reduce rural poverty and achieve the SDGs;
• facilitate exchange and contacts between Russian researches and their peers in FAO Member States;
• provide opportunities to university graduates for internships and fellowships at FAO.

FAO Liaison Office in Moscow partnerships with Russian universities

Building relations and promoting cooperation help increase awareness of FAO's mission in the Russian Federation. FAO Liaison Office in Moscow closely works with many academic institutions and research centres in the country applying different cooperation modalities. For example, FAO has Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy (RSAU-MTAA) signed in 2017 and extended in 2023 and Lomonosov Moscow State University (Lomonosov MSU) signed in 2019 and extended in 2023.


                                                              Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy     Lomonosov MSU

Memorandum of Understanding between FAO and Timiryazev Academy. Second round!

On 16 October 2023, on the occasion of the World Food Day, a solemn ceremony was held to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FAO and the Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy (RSAU-MTAA), one of the oldest agrarian educational institutions in Russia.

The focus of the extended MoU is on capacity development, joint research and studies, data exchange, information sharing and outreach. The partnership helps raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals through outreach, symposia, and information dissemination.

In 2018, the first FAO Information Centre in the Russian Federation was opened at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). The Centre’s mission is to act as a source of information on FAO’s mandate, agenda and activities in Russia and beyond.MGIMO

FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation also has agreements in a form of a letter exchange with Kazan State Agrarian UniversityUfa University of Science and Technology (UUST), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Higher School of Economics (HSE University), Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow State Linguistic University.


FAO Reference Centres in Russia

The FAO Reference Centres are institutions designated by the Director-General to provide specific and technical advice and services to FAO Member States on issues related to FAO’s mandate. Two research centres in Russia were granted such status.

In 2022, ARRIAH Centre of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (Rosselkhoznadzor) was granted the status of Reference Centre for Zoonotic Coronaviruses by FAO. The decision has been made on the basis of large-scale experience of ARRIAH research work with zoonotic coronaviruses, as well as taking into account the creation of a test-system for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in carnivorous animals and of the world’s first vaccine for its prevention. 

ARRIAH also has a status of an FAO Reference Centre for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD).

In 2022, CRIE Institute of Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) was awarded the status of an FAO Reference Centre for antimicrobial resistance in agriculture and food industry (AMR). CRIE has thus become one of the FAO nine centres in the world for antimicrobial resistance. 

FAO Depository Library in Russia 

The Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution "Central Scientific Agricultural Library" (CSAL) is the oldest Bibliographic Center for Agricultural Science and Food Industry in the Russian Federation. The library acts as the FAO Depository Library in Russia and an active partner in co-organization of FAO publication presentations and other events, as well as in distributing information regarding the FAO most recent publications, events, and projects. 

The FAO Moscow Office regularly presents flagship FAO publications and conducts webinars together with CSAL, one of the largest specialised libraries in the world. All presentations are broadcast via the Internet to FAO offices and partners across the region.

FAO is engaged in other forms of cooperation with academic and research institutions in Russia

Research Institutes and Centres take an active part in various scientific conferences, organized by FAO and disseminate the news regarding the FAO publications and events. Besides, FAO representative is often invited to share their expertise at public events, round tables, and other scientific forums.


Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy (RSAU-MTAA)
Lomonosov Moscow State University (Lomonosov MSU)
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University)
Kazan State Agrarian University
Ufa University of Science and Technology (UUST)
Higher School of Economics (HSE University)
Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moscow State Linguistic University
Bashkir State Agrarian University
Belgorod University of Cooperation, Economics & Law
Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation (RANEPA)
Patrice Lumumba Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN)
Skryabin Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology
Saint-Petersburg State Agrarian University (SPbSAU)
Kirov St. Petersburg State Forestry University
Saint-Petersburg State University of Veterinary Medicine
Russian Biotechnological University (BIOTECH University)


Research Centres and Institutes:

Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)

All-Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Medicines for Animals and Feed” (FSBI “VGNKI”)

Pryanishnikov Institute of Agrochemistry

All-Russian Institute of Plant Protection (VIZR)

Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO)

All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology (VNIISHM)

All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center (VNIIKR)

Nikonov All-Russian Institute of Agrarian Problems and Informatics

Federal Research Center for Nutrition, Biotechnology and Food Safety

Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute

Federal Research Center N. I. Vavilov All-Russian Institute of Plant Genetic Resources (VIR)

Ernst Federal Research Center for Animal Husbandry

Gorbatov Federal Research Center of Food Systems