The Chief Scientist is the driver to leverage STI in FAO and enables the Organization to strengthen its position as a source of reliable scientific information and a neutral platform at the heart of important debates.
The Chief Scientist delivers strategic guidance, coherence and alignment on STI, and ensures that the the necessary alliances and partnerships are made and maintained to further the Organization’s aims using STI.
FAO developed its first-ever Science and Innovation Strategy in 2022. It is a tool to support the delivery of the FAO Strategic Framework 2022–31 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Action Plan 2022-2025 for the implementation of the Science and Innovation Strategy provides a common framework for FAO action at the country, sub-regional, regional and global levels.
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The Chief Scientist and STI
The importance of STI for FAO
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The importance of Science, Technology and Innovation for FAO
The interconnectedness of challenges facing our agrifood systems calls for innovative systemic changes. Harnessing science, technology and innovation (STI) is thus key for leveraging emerging opportunities for reaching a world free from poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
FAO Chief Scientist
The FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31 puts at its centre the vision of Leaving No One Behind through MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life for all.
Technology and innovation are two of the four accelerators in the FAO Strategic Framework, together with data and complements (governance, human capital, and institutions). The Chief Scientist is integral to ensuring that this vision is realized through harnessing STI to provide solutions that address all the dimensions of sustainability to promote a world free from poverty, hunger and malnutrition, in accordance with the 2030 Agenda.
In 2022, after an extensive, inclusive and transparent consultation process, FAO’s first-ever Science and Innovation Strategy was endorsed by Council at its 170th session. The Strategy is a key tool to support the delivery of the FAO Strategic Framework 2022–2031 and hence the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2023, The Action Plan 2022-2025 for the implementation of the FAO Science and Innovation Strategy has been developed. The Action Plan provides a common framework for FAO action at the country, sub-regional, regional and global levels. It is a living document, and will be updated, as needed, to reflect new needs, opportunities and challenges.
The Chief Scientist will assess the needs of small-scale producers and evaluate the impacts of technologies and innovations, including the potential benefits, risks, trade-offs and unintended consequences, as well as the barriers to adoption and diffusion, to ensure that the Programme Priority Areas can better leverage the two accelerators.