Mobilizing technologies, innovations, knowledge and expertise to reshape food systems

26 September 2019, New York – Establishing a new business model based on science, data, transparency and accountability and conducive to strong partnerships with the private sector, is a major focus for FAO, the Organization’s Director-General Qu Dongyu today told private sector representatives at a meeting on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

“The world needs a strong, efficient and dynamic FAO. And FAO needs strong reliable partnerships with you,” said the FAO chief.

The meeting provided a platform to discuss and strengthen partnerships for realizing the much-needed transformation in food systems, and mobilizing all available technologies, innovations, knowledge and expertise to achieve positive impact at scale in the agriculture sectors.

FAO presented the new Hand-in-Hand Initiative to representatives of the private sector and foundations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Danone, as well as UN entities and other institutions, with the aim of garnering support and feedback.

The initiative looks at bringing countries with the highest poverty and hunger rates together with developed countries to support development efforts in the Least Landlocked Developing Countries, Least Developed Small Island

Developing States, and countries affected by food crises.

In its next phase, the initiative will support highly-populated, less developed countries.

Overall, FAO works to make private sector investments compliant with the Sustainable Development Goals across the agricultural value chain.

For example, FAO’s AgrInvest is a program being implemented in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger, and Burkina Faso that leverages development funding to unlock private investments for the agri-food sector.

Participants at the FAO Partnership Breakfast, Thursday 26 September 2019, New York included:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Ikea Foundation

Yunus Social Business Centre





EAT Forum


CP Group – Charoen Pokphand Group

Global Pulse Confederation


World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) 1


Global Dairy Platform

Wageningen University, Netherlands

International Fertilizer Association (IFA)

Grace Communications


Agricultural Finance Corporation

Emerging Ag

Ningxia Baofeng Group co., LTD Ningxia Yanbao Charity Foundation


UN Global Compact

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