On 3 May 2023, the Islamic Organization for Food Security and United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization held a virtual meeting to follow up on the high level consultations the leaderships of the organizations held on 13 October 2022 in Rome, Italy. During the initial meeting, both IOFS and FAO highlighted the shared objective of ensuring food security, sustainable agriculture, and rural development for common Member States. The virtual meeting was arranged to begin the implementation of projects on the ground in several countries based on a country-driven-request approach and relevant mandates that both Organizations hold.
After a careful needs assessment of collaboration between IOFS and FAO, priority areas of cooperation were highlighted, including value chain development, food security governance, sustainable livestock development and water management. Both teams stressed the mutual objective or forming a result-oriented partnership within the capacity and mandates of the organizations to ensure that Member States benefit from the global cooperation on food systems.