Partnership between FAO and ULiège


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations renews its partnership agreement with the University of Liège

The Director of the Brussels Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rodrigo de Lapuerta, and the Rector of the University of Liège, Pierre Wolper, have concluded a new three-year partnership agreement.

The Faculty of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (ULiège) has been actively working with the UN agency since 2016, and in 2017, an operational agreement aimed at strengthening the effectiveness of their actions was signed to formalise this strategic choice for both institutions

The main aim of this cooperation framework is to support the livelihood of people in French-speaking Africa. In practical terms, FAO relies on the university scientific research stakeholders to continue its work to reduce hunger and malnutrition, which primarily affect the African continent. This partnership also allows ULiège students to benefit from field experience to reinforce their expertise in multiple fields.

Together, the University of Liège and FAO are working on zoonoses (infectious diseases transmitted naturally from animals to humans), the link between climate change and migration, rural youth, agriculture, food security, sustainable energy and deforestation.

This new agreement should therefore allow the parties to continue identifying new ways of achieving the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Programme 2030.