FAO Eyes Stronger Focus on Country-Owned Capacity Development

The Food and Agriculture Organization's logo displayed at the agency's headquarters in Rome, Italy. Photo by: Alessia Pierdomenico / FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization has adopted a new approach to capacity development, which puts more emphasis on knowledge sharing, policy support, sustainability and stronger partnerships among local development actors.

“This new approach builds on local resources, including people, skills, technologies and organizations, and it focuses on strengthening the sustainability of [capacity development] interventions by encouraging national ownership in development processes,” FAO stated in its new corporate strategy on capacity development, which was launched May 10 in Rome.

“In this renewed approach, development results will not only be measured by short-term outputs but also by how FAO engages local, national, and regional actors,” the agency said in a news release.The new strategy puts more emphasis on dialogue with national stakeholders and partners and calls for a shift from supply-driven to demand-driven capacity development efforts. Under this approach, FAO will coordinate with regional and national actors to identify goals and strategies for improving agricultural productivity and raising nutrition levels, which are at the core of the agency’s mandate.

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