19 Oct 2016

Investing in sustainable food systems and greener agribusiness

“Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too” was the overarching message of World Food Day 2016. This year’s event at FAO headquarters in Rome brought together government representatives and high-level experts to examine emerging issues related to climate change and food security, and explore ways to make agriculture and [...]

21 Sep 2016

Stronger, greener and more inclusive food value chains in the Mediterranean

Investing in sustainable agrifood value chains and inclusive agribusiness in the Mediterranean region was the focus of a high-level forum on 21 September 2016 in the Albanian capital, Tirana. The event was hosted by FAO’s Investment Centre, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Center for Advanced [...]

09 Sep 2016

Developing farmer field school capacity in Laos under an IFAD-FAO Initiative

FAO worked closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Laos, local agricultural authorities and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop the capacity of a core group of trainers to establish farmer field schools in the country. The two-year initiative was part of the IFAD-funded "Community-Based [...]

06 Sep 2016

FAO launches the Smart Territories Platform, a knowledge-sharing tool for integrated investments

With the recent launch of the Smart Territories Platform (Plataforma de Territorios Inteligentes), FAO offers a flexible and comprehensive tool for multi-dimensional, cross-sectoral, and tailored-made actions for sustainable development of rural areas of Latin America & Caribbean.   Devised by the FAO Investment Centre.with support from the World Bank, this tool includes a [...]

31 Aug 2016

Knowledge For Investment Series No2: Understanding Impact Evaluation

On the 4th of July 2016, FAO’s Investment Centre (TCI) hosted a working session to discuss technical aspects and strategic choices regarding impact evaluation of public investments in food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development.  The session was originated in the context of strengthening TCI internal capacities, aimed to [...]

02 Aug 2016

A Taste of your World

  Are you passionate about food? Is there a national or regional dish you wish you could share with people from other countries? Is the place where you reside famous for making food which cannot be found anywhere else in the world and which nobody else can make better? If so, [...]

19 Jul 2016

FAO and IFC publish new irrigation market briefs

In Africa, agribusiness has the potential to reduce poverty and drive economic growth more than any other sector. But unlocking that potential will require a significant increase in historically low levels of productivity − an area where irrigation can play an important role.  In a series of joint market briefs, the [...]

18 Jul 2016

Project Helps Farmers Adapt to Climate Change in China

About 380,000 rural households in six Chinese provinces are benefiting from a project that helps build sustainable and climate-smart agriculture.  The project is funded by the World Bank and the Government of China, with additional technical expertise from the Investment Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the [...]

18 Jul 2016

Greening the agri-food sector (video)

FAO and EBRD have developed a step-by-step methodology to help countries assess market penetration for an array of climate smart technologies. Together they are working to boost the transfer of these practices, ranging from solar water pumping systems to agricultural conservation practices. Watch the video here

07 Jul 2016

Responsible contract farming for more inclusive markets

FAO is working to make agrifood systems more inclusive and efficient, promoting responsible investment along the entire value chain. And one way to make markets more inclusive is through contract farming - agricultural production agreements between buyers and farmers that specify production outputs and/or marketing conditions. Such arrangements can increase [...]

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