Interviews with Investment Centre Staff

Interviews with Investment Centre Staff

12 Jan 2013

FAO Investment Centre supports learning and exchange workshop on Chaco Forest conservation

The workshop was attended by technical experts and regional authorities from six different provinces of Northern Argentina (Chaco, Formoso, Jujuy, Salta, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán), who have since started a collective construction of a Forestry Administration, Control and Verification System (SACVeFoR), which aims to reduce illegal logging and transport [...]

02 Jan 2013

Badia Ecosystem and Livelihoods Project (BELP) granted USD 3.3 million by Global Environment Facility (GEF)

On 31 July 2012, a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant in the amount of USD 3.3 million was endorsed to fund the Badia Ecosystem and Livelihoods Project (BELP), a new GEF and World Bank partnership. Turi Fileccia, Senior Agronomist in the FAO Investment Centre, explains the background and goals of [...]

03 Dec 2012

FAO and the WB join forces to address debt issues, access to post-harvest financing and to provide training to cotton farmers in Tajikistan

Cotton is the main cash crop in Tajikistan but sector development has been constrained by unresolved debt issues and dominance of private sector investors who purchase at unfavourably low prices. The World Bank and FAO, in a joint project, facilitated debt resolution, access to post-harvest financing, and provided training to [...]

01 Dec 2012

Government of Mozambique unites with EU and international organizations, including FAO to fight extreme poverty and hunger in Mozambique

While reports show that poverty levels in Mozambique have diminished from 69.5% in 1997 to 54.7% in 2009, poverty and chronic malnutrition levels remain very high and there is still a great deal of work to be done. In its effort to contribute to reaching of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) [...]

05 Nov 2012

FAO and World Bank develop new tools for following World-Bank supported agricultural and rural development (ARD) projects in South Asia

A joint FAO and World Bank research effort has been developed to follow the progress of World Bank-supported agriculture and rural development (ARD) projects in South Asia. Jim Hancock, Natural Resources and Livelihoods Officer in FAO’s Investment Centre, elaborates on this effort that monitors large-scale programmes in three areas: rural [...]

27 Sep 2012

Interview on the benefits of Grain Warehouse Receipts systems

Emmanuel Hidier, Senior Economist in the Investment Centre, discusses in this video interview innovative financing mechanisms and potential benefits for farmers. FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have been working together on the implementation of Grain Warehouse Receipts (GWR) systems in transition countries including Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine [...]

30 May 2012

Social analysis for more effective agriculture and rural development investments

Ida Christensen, Rural Sociologist, introduces us to a new FAO Investment Centre publication  designed to boost the effectiveness of agricultural investments, by emphasizing the importance of  project design that captures the full social picture when striving for social inclusiveness and gender equity.This analysis comprises three guides, one for managers, one [...]

07 Dec 2011

Improving the lives of rural people through RESCAD project, Armenia

The Rural Enterprise and Small-Scale Commercial Agricultural Development (RESCAD) project in Armenia was financed by the World Bankto support Armenia’s small and medium-size rural businesses by helping farmers and rural business owners access markets and by promoting private and public sector investment in rural areas. It was selected to receive [...]

24 Oct 2011

Kick starting agriculture in post-crisis Togo

Oury Diallo, Senior Agricultural Institution Officer,.explains how the FAO Investment Centre is supporting the Government of Togo’s efforts to revitalize its agricultural sector, which was hit hard by years of unrest. Working closely with national and international partners, including the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), [...]

20 Jun 2011

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)

Garry Smith, Principal Adviser, explains how during the 2009 G8 Summit in L’Aquila, world leaders stepped up their fight against hunger and poverty by committing USD 22 billion over three years for sustainable agriculture development and food security. One by-product of that G8 Summit was the Global Agriculture and Food [...]

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