Guido Santini is Technical Adviser of the “Food for the Cities” initiative at FAO. He holds a MSc degree in tropical and subtropical agriculture and his work experience in international development cooperation includes more than 10 years within the UN system and research institutions. This encompasses a range of program/project design and management, policy support and research activities in the area of agricultural and rural development, livelihoods and natural resource management with specific experience in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In particular, Guido had the chance to conduct long-term assignments in Europe (Albania) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda). More specifically, during the last 5 years with FAO he focused on providing technical support for increasing the effectiveness of pro-poor interventions in natural resources management for smallholders’ livelihoods.