Science, Technology and Innovation

FAO and Wageningen University & Research: Science and Innovation for MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems

FAO and the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have a long-standing partnership and share common objectives to promote and carry out innovative and sustainable approaches for improving lives while safeguarding natural resources in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In December 2021, a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the FAO Director-General and the President of the WUR Executive Board to further strengthen and accelerate their cooperation. By signing the MoU, FAO and WUR committed to strengthening capacity building, facilitating knowledge exchanges, and providing resources to advance their common goals. They will enhance dialogue on science, including by developing knowledge and expertise, and harness the foremost science-based evidence on technologies and innovations for agrifood systems. Under this new framework agreement, eight technical areas of cooperation have been established: (1) improved agrifood economics; (2) sustainable animal production and health, (3) impacts of climate change, biodiversity, and environment; (4) sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; (5) improved food security and nutrition; (6) strengthened agrifood systems and food safety; (7) sustainable forestry; and (8) partnership enhancement.