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Supporting Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI)

Increasing investment in agriculture is critical to the achievement of the first two Sustainable Development Goals – ending hunger and poverty. With most of the world’s poor living in rural areas, additional investments of US$140 billion per year in agriculture and rural development are needed in order to eradicate hunger and poverty by 2030.  However, not only more investments are required, but also better ones, that is, investments that benefit livelihoods, the environment and cater for the needs of communities. To provide guidance in making this kind of investments, in 2014 the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) adopted the Principles for Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI). To support the application of the CFS-RAI, FAO has developed the Umbrella Programme Supporting Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems. 

Highlights

Our Guiding Instrument: Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food System (CFS-RAI)

The CFS-RAI principles were developed through an inclusive international and intergovernmental multi-stakeholder process in the Committee on World Food Security. Endorsed by the CFS in 2014, it represents the most comprehensive international guidance instrument for agricultural investments. It has a broad scope, covering all kinds of investments in agricultural value chains and food systems, and encompassing all stakeholders that are involved in, benefit from, or are affected by agricultural investments. The CSF-RAI build on existing instruments including the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the Voluntary Guidelines on the Right to Food, and others.

Our Action PlanOverview of the FAO Umbrella Programme Supporting Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems

The Umbrella Programme is a needs-driven programme that aims at addressing the challenges that currently hinder responsible investments, including lack of awareness and capacities, governance issues and information gaps. It provides support to all relevant stakeholders including governments, the corporate private sector, civil society and small-scale producers and rural communities. The programme’s objective is to enhance responsible investment in agriculture and food systems, including through the application of guidance instruments such as the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI).

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