08 Dec 2005

Protecting Georgian wine appellations against counterfeits

On 1 December 2005, FAO's Investment Centre organized a workshop in Tbilisi, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and wine agency SAMTREST, to formulate a series of concrete actions to combat wine counterfeiting in Georgia. Georgia has a long tradition in winemaking. Today, wine is the third export [...]

07 Dec 2005

New FAO report on agricultural trade and poverty

Only days ahead of next week’s make-or-break World Trade Organization meeting in Hong Kong, where a final push will be made to reach an agreement to liberalize agricultural trade, the FAO today warned that the benefits of trade reform may not reach the poor unless urgent complementary policies and investments [...]

16 Nov 2005

New Investment Centre publications available on web site

A number of new documents are now available from the Investment Centre that can be downloaded for free from its web site under Publications. A full set of 10 reports, published by the FAO Investment Centre/European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Cooperation Programme, can be accessed under Centre/EBRD publications. This series presents [...]

20 Sep 2005

Spurring economic growth through agricultural investment - Global Donor Platform works to improve aid effectiveness and

Michael Wales, Principal Adviser of FAOs Investment Centre, explains why investment in rural areas is key to tackling poverty and talks about one initiative that is working to ensure that agriculture is front and centre on the poverty alleviation agenda. FAO continues to drive home the message that more funds [...]

14 Sep 2005

FAO warns world cannot afford hunger

As world leaders met at the UN Summit in New York, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called on the international community to honour commitments to cut world hunger in half by 2015. The Rome-based food agency urged governments and private sector corporations to "adequately fund actions and [...]

07 Sep 2005

Ukraine developing new strategy to increase investment in agriculture and rural development

This summer FAO gathered together in Kiev, Ukraine, some 35 experts and representatives from the Government, civil society, rural communities and donors for a one-day workshop. The purpose was to discuss the draft Agricultural and Rural Investment Strategy (ARIS). The workshop turned out to be a very lively and timely [...]

14 Jul 2005

Italian Wholesale Markets, an inspiration for Central and Eastern Europe

A three-day study tour offered representatives from six Central and Eastern European countries the opportunity to visit state-of-the-art Italian wholesale markets and study interactions between wholesale markets and modern food retail systems.The trip, which took place from 6 to 8 June 2005, was organized by FAO in collaboration with [...]

30 Jun 2005

Initiative in Support to NEPAD-CAADP Implementation

Since end 2003, the Investment Centre has been providing assistance to 51 African countries through FAO's Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) in support of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The objective is to help foster agricultural growth and rural development under the priorities of the NEPAD's Comprehensive Africa Agriculture [...]

01 Mar 2005

Maximizing investments in agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe

An integrated approach to agricultural investment emphasizing greater public-private partnership is key to agricultural development in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). More information at :

31 Jan 2005

Strategic investments in water, agriculture and ecosystems needed to reduce hunger and poverty

Investments in agriculture and ecosystems in poor countries are essential to reduce by half the number of hungry people by 2015, FAO Deputy Director-General David Harcharik said today in The Hague. More information at :


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