26 May 2006

Experts speak out on improving international investment cooperation

Recently at a meeting of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, FAO Investment Centre’s principal adviser Michael Wales joined senior representatives of the World Bank and BMZ in a new series of ‘Platform speaking’ interviews on improving collaboration on investment in the agriculture and rural development sector. Wales [...]

16 May 2006

New investment initiative aims to improve fisheries management and reduce poverty in Africa

A new partnership aimed at restoring depleted fisheries and reducing poverty in Africa was launched today by the African Union (AU), the World Bank, WWF – the Global Conservation Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).More information at :

04 May 2006

Stimulating growth through agricultural investment

Economic growth in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia will require increased investment in agriculture as many of these economies are deeply rooted in the farm, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today at a meeting in Berlin called to ensure that agricultural [...]

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 [...]


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