Rome-based agencies (RBAs)
Collaboration with the two other UN agencies based in Rome – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) - lies at the centre of the World Food Programme (WFP)'s work.
WFP, FAO and IFAD share a common vision of promoting world food security through the twin-track approach of alleviating hunger with food assistance, nutrition support measures and social protection instruments; and eliminating the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Drawing on each agency’s specific mandate and expertise, collaboration follows a four-pillar framework:
- policy advice, knowledge and monitoring;
- advocacy and communication; and
- administrative collaboration.
The RBAs work closely at all levels by working together on Purchase for Progress programmes; building resilience for vulnerable populations; improving food and nutritional security; and reducing post-harvest losses and food waste, among other areas of collaborations.
A prime example of global RBA collaboration efforts is the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The CFS is an intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder platform for food security and nutrition. Its Secretariat, which is based in Rome, consists of staff from WFP, FAO and IFAD. The CFS holds an annual plenary session in October to examine and recommend actions to be taken by its members.
For additional information on RBA collaboration, please see the following key documents:
- Update on Collaboration among the Rome-based Agencies (2014) (PDF, 879 KB)
- Directions for Collaboration among the Rome-based Agencies (2009) (PDF, 13.8 MB)
For the latest WFP news on RBAs, please see the relevant WFP Newsroom topic page.
If you have any questions or comments on RBA issues, please contact the WFP Rome-based Agencies team at firstname.lastname@example.org.