07 Jan 2014

Investment Days: invest in sharing

Enhancing collaboration through learning and networking The fifth edition of the TCI Investment Days 2013 was held on 17 and 18 December 2013. Over 120 participants including partners from International Financing Institutions (IFIs), farmer organizations, the private sector, practitioners and colleagues from Decentralized Offices (DOs) came together to share information and [...]

13 Dec 2013

Fostering public-private policy dialogue in Serbian meat and dairy sector

With the prospect of Serbia joining the European Union, the country’s agricultural sector is at a crossroads. Most agrifood chains could benefit from modernization and restructuring, and stronger producer and processor organizations could be better placed to represent the interests of the industry, both domestically and internationally. Meat and dairy [...]

22 Nov 2013

New study published by FAO Investment Centre on Ukraine’s Sugar Sector

Ukraine is the second largest producer of sugar in Eastern Europe after the Russian Federation, contributing to about 1.2 percent to national GDP. Not only is sugar important in local diets, the industry also provides an important contribution to employment and unites producers of elite and ordinary seeds, sugar beets, [...]

14 Nov 2013

New report analyzes milk production trends in Northern Ukraine

Despite over two decades of production decline, Ukraine still remains a net exporter of milk and dairy products, though the balance has been shifting toward imports in recent years. Historically, rural households have been the primary milk producers and still contribute 80 percent of national production, but numbers indicate that [...]

28 Oct 2013

Joint FAO/IFAD Study on rural finance mechanisms in Niger

IFAD’s new results-based country strategic opportunities programme (COSOP 2013-2018) for Niger refocuses its investment portfolio on the sustainable improvement of food security in rural households in the regions of Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder. This new strategy foresees the gradual movement of a number of pipeline projects for improving food security [...]

23 Oct 2013

EBRD and FAO continue support to Ukrainian grain sector

The Fourth Ukrainian Grain Congress gathers key international stakeholders More than 200 influential experts, from the Ukrainian grain industry, public sector institutions, academia and international organisations participated at the Fourth Ukrainian Grain Congress in Kiev today. The Congress, promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and [...]

18 Oct 2013

Review of smallholder linkages for inclusive agribusiness development

How are inclusive business models working?  In recent years, there has been increase in the flow of investment to agriculture, particularly due to rising commodity prices. Private sector investments resulted in large-scale acquisitions of farmland in lower and middle-income countries, which brought a long-standing controversial debate about “land grabbing” and “development [...]

15 Oct 2013

New publication provides an assessment of private equity funds for primary agricultural investment in the CEE and CIS region

In recent years there has been notable growth in public and private investment in primary agriculture, particularly by private equity funds. This relatively new phenomenon has led to private and quasi-private large-scale acquisitions of farmlands that often enhance efficiency and productivity while also contributing to modernizing the primary sector. As [...]

11 Oct 2013

Croatian products win Geographical Indication status

Recognition of tradition and quality to support competitiveness Mandarins from Croatia’s Neretva Valley, and sausage from the Baranja region in the east of the country, have won the right to bear the Geographical Indication (GI) status, which is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess [...]

23 Aug 2013

Review of the wheat sector and grain storage issues in Pakistan

Wheat is the largest grown grain crop in Pakistan and a main staple food, representing 40 percent of total cultivated land on 9 million hectares and 3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2009. However, yields remain low due to various constraints faced within the sector. Under the [...]


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