16 May 2012

FAO and World Bank achieve results in Pakistan water sector improvement project

Pakistan relies on the largest contiguous irrigation system in the world to provide basic food security. Agriculture is the major sector for employment and exports, especially in rural areas, and irrigation is necessary for consumption and food production. The irrigation and drainage infrastructure, however, has deteriorated over the years and [...]

30 Apr 2012

Highlights on four livestock sub-sectors in Kazakhstan

A set of booklets covering “Highlights on four livestock sub-sectors in Kazakhstan” has been prepared by the FAO Investment Centre Division in collaboration with the Analytical Centre of Economic Policy for the Agricultural Sector (ACEPAS), a company belonging to Kaz-agroinnovation of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of Kazakhstan. The purpose [...]

26 Apr 2012

Djibouti signs new CAADP compact: A united push toward food and nutrition security

On 19 April 2012, the Government of Djibouti became the 30th African Union member to sign a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact aimed to improve food and nutrition security and increase agricultural growth in Djibouti. As coordinator of the development partners group on food security and agriculture, FAO [...]

18 Apr 2012

Niger - sustainable intensification of crops learning note

This learning note is a contribution of the Investment Centre Division to FAO’s strategic objective which promotes the sustainable intensification of crops. Drawing on the experience of the Project for the Promotion of Local Initiatives for Development in Aguie, financed by IFAD in Niger (specifically the Maradi Region), the note [...]

12 Apr 2012

The Grain Chain – Managing Wheat imports in Arab countries

A new article focusing on a new publication entitled: “The Grain Chain – Managing Wheat imports in Arab countries”, jointly produced by the World Bank and FAO’s Investment Centre, has been published in a quarterly journal on public-private partnerships produced by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). The article [...]

10 Apr 2012

Going with the Grain: Ukrainian Delegation Visits FAO and Naples

Some say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone – this was the case with Ukrainian grain exports, as the world has discovered in the last few years. The country imposed various grain export restriction in the marketing years 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2010/11 that have somewhat undermined its [...]

03 Apr 2012

Wine and Ideas Flow along the Vardar River

Chianti Classico and Cotes du Rhone are familiar names to anyone who drinks wine; but Povardarski is still unknown to the world. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and FAO’s Investment Centre have been working with Macedonia’s Ministry of Agriculture and wine producers to develop the country’s wine [...]

02 Apr 2012

People-centered investment in agriculture and rural development

FAO social analysis publication aims to build capacity to reach poorest 2 April 2012, Rome - Increasing agricultural production is one of the keys to fighting hunger and poverty. But investments in agriculture and rural development may fall short of their goals if they fail to take into account social circumstances [...]

27 Mar 2012

Plans Ripen for Croatian Citrus

Tucked between Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia, the Neretva Valley is the source of exceptional mandarins. The region grows particularly high quality fruit because of the unique characteristics of the land and cultivation techniques; and the producers and entire Neretva region could benefit from a better market recognition of their [...]

21 Mar 2012

FAO-EBRD accord to boost cooperation in Mediterranean

Accord marks expanded private sector support for investment in agriculture The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Investment Centre and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are increasing efforts to promote private sector investment in agribusiness in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region (SEMED), through a series of new [...]


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