30 Nov 2015

New Publication: The changing state of agribusiness in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region

Countries in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region face significant and mounting food security challenges. The economic crisis in 2008 and political transformations over the past five years have put pressure on food systems, while natural resource constraints keep tightening due to climate change and population growth. A new joint [...]

27 Nov 2015

Ukraine looks beyond its borders to beef up its meat sector

FAO and EBRD support knowledge sharing on study tour to Denmark and the United States Over the past decade, Ukraine’s meat sector has grown as production and consumption have increased. Industry is working to keep pace with local demand while also boosting exports; and although the meat trade balance is negative, [...]

20 Nov 2015

Investment Learning Platform (ILP) – now online

Online resource provides concise and up-to-date practical guidance to investment practitioners.   Agriculture investment planning and management is a core public sector task in every country. It requires complex assessment to ensure scarce public resources are invested effectively. But many countries have limited capacity to do this on their own, and rely [...]

17 Nov 2015

Protecting forests and people

FAO and the World Bank are supporting the Argentine Government to improve forest management and the livelihoods of small-scale forest producers in the country's northern Gran Chaco ecoregion. The Gran Chaco produces most of the country's timber, firewood and charcoal. But agricultural expansion and uncontrolled logging are destroying large tracts of [...]

17 Nov 2015

Making investments nutrition-sensitive

Benoist Veillerette, a senior economist with FAO's Investment Centre, talks about the push to make investment in agriculture and rural development more effective on nutrition. What role can the Investment Centre play in enhancing nutrition? A few years ago FAO developed a strategy for mainstreaming nutrition in the Organization's work. The [...]

06 Nov 2015

Inaugural Serbian Dairy Congress launches in Belgrade

The Serbian Dairy Congress has come to a successful close. On 5-6 November, Belgrade hosted nearly 150 public and private sector participants ranging from policymakers to dairy farmers, processors and retailers to raise policy issues and share practical improvements to help the dairy industry prepare better for the challenges related [...]

19 Oct 2015

Fifth Ukrainian Agrarian Congress looks to new markets

This year’s Ukrainian Agrarian Congress was the most global yet, with a strong focus on expanding international trade and cooperation. Two days of engaging dialogue ended in Kiev today after 200 participants from about 100 companies, government, academia, non-government, and international organisations examined the world grain and agricultural markets with [...]

19 Oct 2015

Greater grain market transparency in Ukraine and Kazakhstan

Food markets are the topic of the day at Expo Milan October marks the last month of Expo Milan 2015, a global six-month showcase focused on the theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”. On 19 October, the Expo will host a session of the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) and [...]

14 Oct 2015

Strengthening Investments in Land Administration – now online

New website to support Land Administration Programs in Latin America Over the past 20 years, many Latin American governments, with the support of International Financing Institutions, have been investing in Land Administration Programs (LAP).  The objective of these programs is to strengthen individual and collective tenure rights by strengthening institutions, developing [...]

09 Oct 2015

World Food Day 2015: How cash transfers impact rural households?

Next week the UN celebrates World Food Day which this year focuses on social protection and agriculture in order to break the cycle of poverty. Gearing up to this event, Pamela Pozarny, a rural sociologist in the FAO Investment Centre's Africa Service, spoke of her involvement in FAO's From Protection to [...]

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