07 Dec 2011

Armenia - Rural Enterprise and Small-scale Commercial Agriculture Development (RESCAD) Project

 The RESCAD project was selected to receive an “Improving Lives of People in ECA Award” by the World Bank in 2010. Investment Centre staff played fundamental roles in designing and providing continuous support throughout the implementation of the project, which was one of 12 total and only four agricultural projects [...]

02 Dec 2011

Facing the Food Crises

Gilles Mettetal, EBRD Director for Agribusiness, speaks about the newly launched Private Sector For Food Security Initiative which will be implemented under the EBRD-United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization framework for food security "We simply don’t have enough food for the future of our world,” says Gilles Mettetal, EBRD Director [...]

21 Nov 2011

The Grain Chain: Managing Wheat Imports in Arab Countries

Given their reliance on cereal imports, especially wheat, Arab countries are particularly concerned about higher and more volatile international food commodity prices. With food prices soaring in early 2011 – the second time in just four years –  investments in improving the wheat import supply chain are crucial to saving [...]

24 Oct 2011

Kick starting agriculture in post-crisis Togo

FAO supports country with CAADP processes  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), FAO has [...]

04 Oct 2011

Investment Centre’s Director talks about financing the gap in food and agriculture

The impact of demographics on financial markets was the focus of the 2011 Robeco Summer University. There, Klaas Smits, Robeco’s Head of Food & Agri Strategies, met up with Charles Riemenschneider, Director of the Investment Centre of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to discuss the roles that private [...]

22 Jul 2011

New RuralInvest Adopters stretch from the Caribbean to Turkey

FAO’s Investment Centre has developed a free multilingual toolkit with training courses, manuals and custom developed software aimed to assist countries in designing successful projects for rural development. Launched in the 1990s in Latin America, RuralInvest has now become established in the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East, with further [...]

04 Jul 2011

Appui de la FAO au Programme détaillé de développement de l’agriculture en Afrique (PDDAA) – L’exemple du Togo

Dans le contexte de sortie de crise et de relance de la coopération avec les partenaires techniques et financiers, le Centre d’investissement de la FAO, à travers ses ressources propres, son programme de collaboration avec les pays membres, la Banque mondiale et le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA), a [...]

20 Jun 2011

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)

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 Security Program (GAFSP), a financial pass-through [...]

01 Jun 2011

Management of natural parks in mountainous areas - transferring know-how from Italy to Montenegro

FAO’s Investment Centre organized a study tour for a group of representatives from Montenegro to visit Italy and see how mountain areas and natural parks can be managed and developed through farming and off-farming activities. Italy has a long history of protected areas and the participants visited most significant Italian mountains (Gran [...]

19 May 2011

Anti-locust programme in Central Asia and Caucasus

19 May 2011, Rome – FAO will assist ten countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus to save up to 25 million hectares of cultivated farmland from a locust crisis. Locusts are a serious threat for agriculture, food security and livelihoods in both regions including adjacent areas of northern Afghanistan [...]


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