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 [...]

17 Feb 2011

Reducing poverty by growing fuel and food

New FAO study shows integrated food and energy crops work for poor farmers 17 February 2011, Rome - Producing food and energy side-by-side may offer one of the best formulas for boosting countries' food and energy security while simultaneously reducing poverty, according to a new FAO report published today.The study, "Making [...]

03 Feb 2011

World food prices reach new historic peak

 February 2011, Rome - World food prices surged to a new historic peak in January, for the seventh consecutive month, according to the updated FAO Food Price Index, a commodity basket that regularly tracks monthly changes in global food prices.The Index averaged 231 points in January and was up 3.4 [...]

27 Jan 2011

Policy guide for countries hit hard by high food prices

FAO updates guide for actions at country level to address high food prices 26 January 2011, Rome - FAO has called upon countries to carefully examine the implications of high food prices and not to take any policy actions that might appear useful in the short term but could have harmful, longer-term [...]


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