Science, Technology and Innovation

FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-31 puts at its centre the vision of Leaving No One Behind through MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food 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 FAO’s Strategic Framework, together with data and complements (governance, human capital, and institutions).


Harnessing science, technology and innovation (STI) is key for leveraging emerging opportunities for reaching a world free from poverty, hunger and malnutrition. FAO is integrating STI to provide solutions that address the three dimensions of sustainability. To bring FAO’s initiatives into a coherent framework, and to facilitate the development of new initiatives, FAO is developing its first-ever Science and Innovation Strategy that will help strengthen the use of science and innovation in FAO’s technical interventions and normative guidance, and serve as a key tool for the implementation of the Strategic Framework 2022-31. The Strategy is expected to be approved by the FAO Council in June 2022.


FAO is distinctive in having both the mandate and the convening capacity to bring relevant stakeholders together to design, develop and implement impactful initiatives through coordinated and collective action. Working through reinvigorated partnerships with the full range of relevant actors, FAO is well-placed to connect policy makers, research, producers, indigenous peoples, CSOs, consumers, and the private sector through a shared global agenda on science and innovation in agrifood systems to contribute to the SDGs.


While FAO is not a research organization, its principal contribution is providing a neutral platform that allows Members to establish international consensus on science and innovation for agrifood systems, including consideration of trade-offs, allowing all countries to establish a common foundation for their development efforts. FAO evaluates and synthesizes existing evidence and provides policy guidance, and translates science and innovation into practical tools for development. It shares technical knowledge and expertise between countries and other relevant stakeholders, and has an important role in strengthening the capacities of national agrifood research systems and higher education institutions. FAO thus contributes to strengthening the link between science, research and development at national, regional and global levels.


The FAO Science and Innovation Forum will build on the success of the “ Science Days for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021” organized by the Scientific Group, and facilitated and hosted by FAO on 08-09 July 2021. The Science Days were organized as two half-day virtual events, in combination with side events. More than 2,000 participants from research, policy, civil society and industry came together to examine how to unlock the full potential of STI to transform food systems. Brief highlights of the discussions that took place during the two days were published in a report, with an emphasis on opportunities for investments in science and knowledge and evidence gaps that must be addressed to meaningfully and successfully transform food systems. The Science Days were preceded by over 40 independently organized side-events from 5 to 7 July, with partners showcasing their insights.

FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2022 will focus on highlighting the centrality of STI for agrifood systems transformation. The event will encourage a diversity of perspectives based on science, thereby facilitating rationalization and inclusiveness of debate. 

The FAO Science and Innovation Forum will be organized together with the World Food Forum (WFF) and Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum in the week of 17th October 2022. 

More specifically, the objectives of the FAO Science and Innovation Forum are to:


Share robust science and evidence-based options for more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems.

Assist countries in making informed decisions regarding the co-creation, adaptation and adoption of appropriate and context-specific technologies and innovations.

Explore scientific and technological advances and associated risks and opportunities.

Promote effective science communication, including by engaging on contentious issues.

Analyze options for strengthening science and evidence-based decision-making. 

The FAO Science and Innovation Forum will take place over 5 days and provide different stakeholders, in particular from low and middle-income countries (LMICs), the space and opportunity to take stock of the science and evidence base and gaps, engage in dialogues and share experiences around science-based actions and innovative solutions. Roundtables, panel discussions, and various interactive formats will be utilized.

The FAO Science and Innovation Forum will be preceded by independently organized side-events, with partners and Members showcasing their innovations and insights.



FAO partners and Members are invited to contribute with proposals for side events which will be held virtually or in-person (hybrid), but outside FAO HQ venue, from12 to 14 October 2022. 

Deadline for side event submission is 15 August 2022.

Please fill out the form below and send it to [email protected]

Practical information

Hosting a side event means planning and carrying out all activities related to the event.

Location and venue for the side event is the responsibility of the event organizer.

Deadline for side event submission is 15 August 2022.

The S&I Forum secretariat will review the proposed side events relative to the criteria listed in the form. The secretariat reserves the right to reject proposals which are deemed not to live up the criteria. Organizers will be notified whether the event has been approved no later than 31 August 2022.

Any questions can be sent to [email protected]. Please put “Call for Side Events” in the subject.


  • 15 August 2022: Deadline for submission
  • 15 August- 31 August 2022: Screening
  • on or before 31 August 2022: The secretariat will notify the lead organizations the feedback and status of selection of the side event

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee, chaired by the FAO Chief Scientist and comprised of renowned scientists, provides thought leadership and acts as an advisory board to oversee the organization of the FAO Science and Innovation Forum. 
Learn more about our Steering Committee:

Read the biographies

more to come! 







Call for side-event proposals

Video message by FAO Chief Scientist


Opening Ceremony

 17 October 2022 (14:00-16:00 CEST)

Closing Ceremony

  21 October 2022  (14:00-16:00 CEST)

Event type 

 Hybrid: FAO headquarters| Virtual

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