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Foreign investment in agriculture

In 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a set of goals for Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The first two aim to eradicate poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions. Achieving these goals will require much more and better investment in agriculture, both domestic and international, including foreign direct investment (FDI).

FAO analyses trends, impacts, challenges and opportunities of foreign agricultural investment. It also promotes responsible investment, by gathering empirical evidence on good practices and contributing to the application of guidance instruments, in particular the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.

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Home country measures that promote responsible foreign agricultural investment: Evidence from selected OECD countries
This paper summarizes the good practices by nine selected OECD countries that seek to promote responsible foreign investment in developing country agriculture, primarily by investors in their territory or jurisdiction. The study provides examples of the increasing trend of home countries in establishing binding legal norms and other mechanisms as safeguards that are relevant for agricultural investment.

OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains

The OECD and the FAO have developed sector-specific guidance to help enterprises observe standards of responsible business conduct and undertake due diligence along agricultural supply chains so that their operations avoid adverse impacts and contribute to sustainable development.