United Nations agencies banner

United Nations agencies

Rome-based Agencies working to achieve long-term sustainable development

IFAD is both a specialized United Nations agency and an international financial institution (IFI). The Fund is systemically partnering with other United Nations development system agencies, in particular with the UN Rome-based agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – with whom we share a common vision of ending hunger and promoting food security through sustainable agriculture towards the delivery of the 2030 Agenda.

In the context of the overall UN Reform agenda, the repositioning of the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, collaboration among the UN Rome-based agencies is a strategic priority for all the three organizations at local, reginal and global levels. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute the greatest opportunity ever presented for collaboration, and SDG 2 to end hunger is at the heart of their mandates.

Improving food security, today and in the future

 

To advance SDG 2, IFAD, FAO and WFP provide financial and technical support to the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which has a unique role as an inclusive, multi-stakeholder platform for inter-governmental deliberations on food security and nutrition.

The three agencies are working together to leverage their mutual comparative advantages and operations to achieve long-term sustainable development in ways that transform people’s lives and improves their food security, today and in the future.

A new emphasis is being placed on collaboration at the country level. Country teams from the three agencies are joining forces with other UN agencies on the elaboration of United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) that better reflect and align with the 2030 Agenda and collectively contribute to the delivery of development results based on common country analysis, programming and investments.

Learn more about how the three agencies are working together.

IFAD has formalised relations with other UN programmes and funds such as the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and UN Women.

 

"One thing is to work side by side, another thing is to work hand in hand."
Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD

Spotlight

Spotlight

Hunger crises will escalate unless we invest more in addressing root causes, say UN food agency chiefs on visit to drought-hit Ethiopia

Speaking at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, including to the drought-stricken Somali region, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people’s resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks.

Related news

Related news

New UN report: Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean rose by 13.8 million people in just one year

November 2021 - NEWS
Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point since 2000, after a 30 percent increase in the number of people suffering hunger from 2019 to 2020, says a new UN report.

The Government of Mali and Rome-based agencies launch a joint programme to build resilience among rural people

August 2021 - NEWS
The Ministry of Rural Development of Mali, the three United Nations Rome-based agencies (FAO, IFAD and WFP) and G5 Sahel officially launched a joint programme to help rural people in Mali build their resilience to climate change, conflict and COVID-19 on 26 August in Bamako.

FAO, FIDA y PMA crean alianza de cara a la Cumbre sobre los Sistemas Alimentarios de Naciones Unidas

May 2021 - NEWS
La FAO, el FIDA y el PMA realizarán tres diálogos en América Latina y el Caribe para buscar posturas comunes sobre desarrollo rural, agricultura resiliente al clima, alimentación escolar, comercio internacional, innovación y tecnología, y financiamiento al desarrollo.

Related publications

Related publications

Regional overview of food security and nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean 2021

November 2021
The Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean 2021 gathers the latest data on the food security and nutrition situation in Latin America and the Caribbean region, showing a worrisome landscape.

Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020

December 2020
This report examines the impact of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on the analysis of territorial inequalities and calls on countries to focus their investments and policies on lagging territories.
Additional languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020

July 2020
Transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets.

Related videos

Related videos

IHvQuOsOLy0
Joint visit of Heads of UN Rome-Based Agencies to Ethiopia
_88yc4f5M3c
Mozambique: Award of Excellence - Working together in the field
tu9umRVTZGM
D.R. Congo: How WFP, FAO And IFAD Fight Hunger

RBA contacts

Contact us

For more information, please contact rba_secretariat@ifad.org