11 May 2016

Learning about the dairy value chain through Iran-Tajik cooperation

Today, Tajikistan’s dairy farmers and agribusinesses are reaping the benefits of efforts to make the country’s dairy industry more productive and competitive, including knowledge gained during a 2014 study tour to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The study tour, organized by FAO and carried out under the preparation of Agriculture Commercialization [...]

29 Apr 2016

Investment Days 2015: invest in sharing

Around 110 people attended the seventh edition of Investment Days (IDs 2015), held on 14 and 15 December 2015 at FAO in Rome. The event was a chance for FAO Investment Centre staff from headquarters and the decentralized offices to meet as one team, share knowledge, discuss and learn together. [...]

14 Apr 2016

English version of land administration programmes M&E toolkit now online

A website featuring the online monitoring and evaluation toolkit for land administration programmes (M&E-LAP) is now available in English. Originally launched in Spanish in October 2015, this English version was unveiled during the annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference in Washington, D.C., in March 2016. The website, developed by FAO [...]

13 Apr 2016

Reducing Egypt’s Grain Import Bill through Private Sector Empowerment

Egypt could reduce its import bill for wheat by attracting private sector investment in critical segments of the strategic value chain that turns cereals grown elsewhere into the country’s main staple food, according to a recently published study by FAO and the EBRD. Egypt has the largest population in the Arab [...]

23 Mar 2016

Developing the Republic of Congo's inland fishery and aquaculture industry

    People in the Republic of Congo eat an estimated 26.5 kg of fish a year, far exceeding the global annual average of nearly 20 kg per person. Such strong demand makes investment in the country's inland fishery and aquaculture sector very attractive. FAO, along with the International Fund for Agricultural Development [...]

11 Mar 2016

New FAO publications focus on benefits of Purchase for Progress

In a new series of publications, FAO examines the benefits and costs of Purchase for Progress (P4P) − an initiative designed to help low-income smallholder farmers produce more high-quality food and gain a foothold in the market.  Launched by the World Food Programme (WFP) in 2008, P4P links WFP's demand for [...]

10 Mar 2016

Encouraging Ukraine's small grain farmers to diversify

Helping Ukraine's small grain farmers find new ways to profit from their land was the focus of the "Million per Hectare" conference held in Lviv, Ukraine, on 19 and 20 February 2016.  The conference was part of a broader two-year training project to boost Ukrainian grain farmers' productivity and profitability, helping [...]

18 Feb 2016

New publication focuses on regenerating forests and livelihoods in Nepal

An innovative initiative in Nepal aimed at reducing rural poverty while re-greening degraded forest lands is the subject of a new book published by the Government of Nepal, FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI).   Regenerating forests and livelihoods in [...]

16 Feb 2016

Following the milky way

Ukrainian dairy industry looks ahead  On 20 January 2016, Ukrainian policy-makers met with representatives of the dairy industry to review the progress made on the sector’s competitiveness and export diversification over the previous year. Meeting participants were the members of the standing Ukrainian Dairy Working Group (WG), created three years ago [...]

04 Feb 2016

Development of RuralInvest in Mongolia

The inaugural RuralInvest training at the School of Economic and Business at the Mongolian University of Life Sciences (former Mongolian State University of Agriculture) was held from 29 July to 3 August 2013. Instructors Takayuki Hagiwara and Luis Dias Pereira of the FAO Investment Centre led the training seminar. Over [...]


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