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 [...]

20 Apr 2011

RuralInvest - a multilingual toolkit

RuralInvest was created 15 years ago to assist countries in designing successful projects for rural development. FAO’s Investment Centre has developed a free multilingual toolkit with training courses, manuals and custom developed software. Watch this video to learn more about RuralInvest’s unique features: For more information on RuralInvest: 

13 Apr 2011

Moving beyond subsistence farming in Sierra Leone

Around 3.5 million people — roughly two-thirds of the country — depend on agriculture, while some 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. By encouraging farmers to "farm for business", Sierra Leone hopes to lift annual agricultural growth to the 7.7 percent needed to halve poverty and [...]

05 Apr 2011

FAO Investment Centre brings innovation to local communities

Small farmers from Kyrgyzstan can now increase yields by up to 50 percent through an innovative activity, part of the World Bank funded Agricultural Support Services Project (ASSP) and Agricultural Investment and Services Project (AISP). FAO Senior Agricultural Officer, David Lugg, tells us more about Community Seed Funds and the [...]

01 Apr 2011

Bangladesh’s Country Investment Plan

Key to strengthening investment in agriculture, food security and nutrition 1 April 2011 – Bangladesh is a trailblazer. It was one of the first countries in Asia to develop a national food policy – a model followed by others – and now it boasts the region’s first Country Investment Plan for [...]

21 Mar 2011

Report on the Russian Dairy Sector

The Russian dairy sector has shown a number of positive trends in recent years, from a rise in milk production and increased modernization to greater investments from both the public and private sectors. But it also continues to face challenges such as intense international trade competition, seasonal milk shortages and [...]

11 Mar 2011

World Bank Roundtable Discussion on Agriculture and Water, 10-11 March 2011

Over 100 participants attended a World Bank  Roundtable Discussion on Agriculture and Water, held in Islamabad, Pakistan from 10-11 March 2011, which was organized with support from the FAO Investment Centre, amongst other donors. The event, which received extensive local press coverage, was led by the Planning Commission of the [...]

01 Mar 2011

Rebuild small seed enterprises

Farmers' seed ventures key to food security in developing countries  March 2011, Rome – Small seed enterprises are the best way of ensuring the availability and quality of non-hybrid seeds for food and feed crops in developing countries, said FAO in a policy guide published today.According to the World Bank, up to 50 [...]


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