22 Jun 2010

Alternatives to large land acquisitions in developing nations

New report analyses how partnerships benefit both big investors and small farmers 22 June 2010, Rome - New research shows how agricultural investments in developing nations can be structured as alternatives to large-scale land acquisitions. It documents a range of more inclusive business models that can bring benefits to small-scale farmers and [...]

16 Jun 2010

Italian Parmigiano Reggiano: an inspiration for Russian cheese

Representatives from the Russian dairy industry visited Italy to see how geographical indication is used by Italian dairy producers to boost sales of local cheeses. The tour, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), took place from 23–27 May 2010 [...]

02 Jun 2010

FAO urges early action on climate change responses

1 June 2010, Rome - “Agriculture can potentially be part of the solution to climate change in ways that respect and support the development and food security requirements of developing countries,” FAO has told a UN working group preparing long-term approaches to climate change mitigation. For more information:

22 Apr 2010

Agriculture and food security trust fund launched

FAO welcomed the launch of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a new multidonor trust fund managed by the World Bank to improve food security and incomes in low-income countries through assistance to agriculture. The new mechanism is designed to address the underfunding of country and regional agriculture and [...]

15 Nov 2009

FAO and IDB in $1 billion agreement

On the eve of the World Summit on Food Security, FAO and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) announced a $1 billion agreement to fund agricultural development in poor countries that belong to both organizations. It is hoped that the framework agreement, concluded today in Rome by Dr Ahmad [...]

06 Nov 2009

FAO holds Workshop on Investment Formulation for Central Asian Countries

In October 2009 in Ankara, Turkey, FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) and Subregional Office for Central Asia (SEC), organized a workshop with FAO’s Investment Centre Division on the “Formulation of Investment Projects in Agriculture and Rural Development”. It was the second of [...]

02 Nov 2009

Post-harvest losses aggravate hunger

Significant amounts of the food produced in developing countries is lost after harvest thereby aggravating hunger, FAO said today. The agency stressed that with adequate investment and training food losses could be drastically reduced. More information at :

16 Oct 2009

New study analyses aid support to the Sub-Saharan Africa agriculture sector

A new study has been published by the FAO Investment Centre that examines the situation of financial support to agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research was undertaken in view of recent renewed commitments to increase aid to Africa within the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme [...]

15 Oct 2009

Serbia takes initial steps to establish Grain Warehouse Receipts system

In June 2009, the Warehouse Receipts Law of the Republic of Serbia was approved. Grain Warehouse Receipts (GWR) systems allow local grain farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs to access short-term credit from banks by depositing grain in certified warehouses and using it as collateral. With more short-term credit available, farmers do [...]

08 Oct 2009

On horizon 2050 - billions needed for agriculture

Net investments of $83 billion a year must be made in agriculture in developing countries if there is to be enough food to feed 9.1 billion people in 2050, according to an FAO discussion paper published today.  Agricultural investment thus needs to increase by about 50 percent, according to the paper [...]


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