Strong links with Italian-based multilateral institutions
Italy enjoys close relations with the international organisations based in Rome. Excluding humanitarian aid, agriculture and food security are the major sectors that receive its multilateral assistance. This support is provided through Rome-based institutions (FAO, IFAD and the World Food Programme, WFP), to which Italy is an important contributor. It is coupled with Italy’s long-standing support to agriculture, provided either through the bilateral programme or at the international level, as shown in 2009 when the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative was adopted during the Italian Presidency of the G8.
Rome-based institutions appreciate this long-standing close relationship with the Italian government. In particular, Italy has a five-year framework agreement with IFAD, which was renewed in 2011. Italian ODA channeled through IFAD doubled following the L’Aquila summit in 2009 and then increased steadily. A slight increase is planned over 2013-15 despite the economic crisis. (Box 3.1, p.49)