FAO INVESTMENT CENTRE / EBRD
Analysis of the Agribusiness Sector
in Southern Russia
REPORT SERIES - N. 13 -
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Agriculture plays an important role in the Russian Federation and in particular in the Southern Federal Okrug. This region has tremendous comparative advantages in agricultural production, with some of the world's best and most expensive land for arable farming and long agricultural traditions. However, agriculture in this area on faces important challenges and productivity remains low compared to most developed economies. The reform process in the agricultural sector is not yet completed. Agribusiness value chains have suffered as finance is difficult to access. The investment climate in rural areas is not business-friendly, quality of infrastructure is poor, and conventional market institutions are not developed. An analysis of agribusiness constraints and investment opportunities in Russia is presented in this publication by the FAO Investment Centre/European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Cooperation Programme. It appears in its FAO/EBRD report series which features sector reviews and studies undertaken on development issues and innovative areas for investment in emerging market countries in Europe and the CIS region. It was prepared in close collaboration with experts within the Government and private sector of the Russian Federation.
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