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Agrarian Diplomacy

Agrarian diplomacy improves global food governance by balancing the six major domains of sustainable agriculture:

  • economic,

  • cultural,

  • political,

  • health,

  • environmental, and

  • social issues.

Agrarian diplomacy connects all agriculture-related thematic areas- forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, environment, trade, research, education, etc.- with international relations.

Although small farmers are the most important stakeholders in food systems, they are often underrepresented in policy debates at the international level.

The Institute creates an opportunity to represent farmers' interests through:

  • agrarian diplomacy and 

  • capacity building for underrepresented and vulnerable groups.

Effective representation of interests can help shape the framework for sustainable agricultural production.

Agronomist Farmer

Partner with the Institute

The food crisis, inflation of food prices, and land. water and climate insecurities contribute to the process of reinstating agriculture and food at the top of the international diplomatic agenda. Fostering dialogue on agriculture and international issues between the state and non-state actors, including on a multilateral level,  our agrarian diplomacy initiative raises great hope for small farmers.

As a non-state actor in diplomacy, the Institute offers its partners an opportunity to work at the forefront of efforts to achieve SDGs through agrarian diplomacy. 

Any underrepresented stakeholders involved in providing human nourishment and sustaining health, including;

  • production,

  • processing,

  • packaging,

  • distribution,

  • marketing,

  • consumption and

  • disposal of food, 

from all regions, particularly from developing countries, who are interested in working together to bring more balanced representation, promote inclusiveness, and leverage initiatives that can catalyze action are invited to join us.

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The Agrarian Diplomacy Division is a network aimed to develop rising voices of agrarian diplomacy practitioners with a targeted focus on vulnerable populations in particular in developing countries, through agrarian diplomacy initiatives and programs focused on cross-disciplinary competency, global food security, and multi-stakeholder partnerships within Goals 2 and 17.

Currently, this collaborative project is supported by over

  • 11+ scientists (Doctor/Ph.D. members of the Institute),

  •  40+ experts and professionals (Professional members), and observers.



Institute regularly receives special accreditations for conferences, summits, meetings, or other health-related events organized by:

We represent:

  • under-represented

  • under-served communities

  • minority groups

  • in STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS and keep them up to date on the discussions that impact them. 



  • Experimental methods in agrarian diplomacy

We develop approaches and propose solutions that emerge as the result of the synergy among food, health, environment, tourism, diplomacy, IR, PR, policy and strategy professionals. 

  • Agrarian tourism diplomacy

Partnerships are crucial in the development of sustainable agrarian tourism. Collaborations between stakeholders can leverage their resources to create a supportive ecosystem for agrarian tourism.

  • Food safety

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From a Farmer to a Diplomat: Introduction to Agricultural Diplomacy

The course, to be offered by the Institute in June 2024, will provide a comprehensive overview of agricultural diplomacy principles and practice.

Intersectional initiatives toward improved global food security require multistakeholder involvement while ensuring the implementation of public diplomacy strategies adapted to the often highly differentiated situations within each country.

Agrarian diplomacy _ Weretelnik

How agriculture can improve health: the role of public diplomats

Despite the progress, serious concerns remain about the nutrition and health situation throughout the world.

Over 600 million people will still face hunger. At the same time, over 2 billion people worldwide are obese and overweight and this figure is rising, bringing with it a rise in non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and cancer).

Much more can be done to take advantage of agriculture’s potential to improve health through agrarian and health diplomacy.
A critical first step is improved knowledge on the agriculture-international relations-health nexus. 

The governments should consider introducing the notion of “agrarian diplomacy” into their policy toolkit to address the growing risks (food insecurity, climate change, biodiversity loss, economic decline, poverty, etc). Agrarian diplomats, should develop awareness, in order to anticipate, manage, and mitigate these risks and conflicts.


Identifying and Mapping Barriers and Agricultural Concerns

Farmer protests spread across the globe

It is against this background that this online consultation is being organized by the Institute to further identify the barriers and opportunities for public diplomacy practitioners and other knowledge holders to contribute to informing policy for more sustainable agrifood systems.

While many issues are country-specific, others are global. 
Here is an in-depth look at the problems that have prompted the protest movement around the world and in individual nations.

Free Resources (courses, webinars, etc)
Explore a wide variety of free, multilingual courses in the areas of agriculture, food security, and food diplomacy.

Student Portrait

The FAO e-learning Academy provides learning opportunities and multilingual e-learning courses for professionals working in food and nutrition security, social and economic development, and sustainable management of natural resources, with the overall goal of strengthening the capacity of member countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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International Labour Organization

Farmer protests spread across the globe

It is against this background that this online consultation is being organized by the Institute to further identify the barriers and opportunities for public diplomacy practitioners and other knowledge holders to contribute to informing policy for more sustainable agrifood systems.

It underlines a tumultuous time in agriculture for farmers right across the globe – and the serious questions that agricultural diplomacy practitioners should now be asking policymakers in every country. 

The Institute distinguishes several different ways in which underrepresented agrarians and agrarian diplomacy practitioners can be embedded in the policy process, i.e. through

  • provision of expert advice,

  • fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and

  • raising awareness of their potential contribution to the objectives of farm policies and related agricultural trade policies.


  • Small farms are underrepresented in the policy process and they benefit less than large-scale agriculture.

  • Agricultural diplomacy can contribute to more inclusive policy processes by providing evidence on the situation, needs, and potential of underrepresented groups in agriculture.

  • Beyond policy outcomes, the interface between public diplomacy and underrepresented groups in agriculture leads to increased social capital, empowerment, knowledge and skills.

public diplomacy

Farmers need to realise that the big farming lobby doesn't represent their interests. 

The representativeness of small farms remains limited, despite the increasing awareness of the value they bring to the food systems.


Small-scale farmers and fishers, pastoralists and foresters can make important contributions to sustained growth through agrarian diplomacy.


The added value outcome is enhanced social capital through stronger and a more dynamic cooperation among stakeholders. Such social capital development can be transformed into political capital, empowerment and increased capacity to work together to design future policy. 

Help us improve our work

We are glad to inform you that leading to the next virtual meeting we gather your input on the current and future planned work of the Institute.  Those who have not yet had a chance to complete the survey, we urge you to do so as we are keen to learn about your views in going forward together.

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