Traditional and Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge
Globally, small-scale producers, local communities and Indigenous Peoples are recognized as holders of traditional knowledge relevant for food security and agrifood systems. FAO has been working actively with Indigenous Peoples to ensure that their food and knowledge systems are recognized, respected, protected and included in programmes, projects, policies, coalitions and decision-making.
Indigenous Peoples are central to the discussions on agrifood systems, gender equity, forest governance, territorial management, collective rights, food generation, biodiversity protection and broadening of the food base.
FAO coordinates multistakeholder collaborations that interface across policy makers, practitioners, indigenous peoples and academia. Through these efforts, FAO ensures that indigenous and local knowledge are included as important sources of innovation for inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems.
Youth in science
The United Nations defines “youth” as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years, without prejudice to other definitions by Member Nations. Youth account for one-sixth of the global population, and almost 88 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion youth live in low- and middle-income countries. FAO’s Rural Youth Action Plan aims to contribute to Agenda 2030 by equally empowering rural young women and men, protecting children and other excluded youth groups, with a view to strengthen youth participation in decision-making processes and access to education, decent employment and rural services.
The World Food Forum (WFF) - a youth-led movement, platform and global event, which was founded by the FAO Youth Committee, has expanded into a network of partners working together to transform agrifood systems and achieve the SDGs, including “zero hunger”.
As a part of the World Food Forum’s (WFF) Innovation Labs, the Transformative Research Challenge (TRC) was launched to inspire research and innovation in sustainable development to end hunger and transform our agrifood systems. This novel youth-led initiative provides young researchers with mentoring and visibility to help them advance knowledge and translate their ideas into tangible solutions.
Academia and Research Institutions
Partnerships and alliances with scientists, research organizations and universities are crucial for FAO to fulfil its vision of a world free from hunger. The science on which solutions to current challenges posed by, inter alia, climate change, biodiversity loss and sub-optimal agrifood systems is complex and requires the participation of individuals and agencies with specialized knowledge.
The Chief Scientist is well positioned to identify and facilitate effective and transformative partnerships and coalitions to ensure that FAO bases its work on the most reliable information and maximizes progress for more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems that address inequalities and leave no one behind.