05 Jan 2015

Tunisia is witnessing a bumper harvest of olives in 2014, with a production estimated at 265,000-285,000 tons more than twice last years output according to the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture

This is good news for Tunisia as it will strengthen its position on export olive oil markets. It is also a positive development for consumers of olive oil, as Tunisia’s exports will partly compensate for the very bad harvest in some leading producing countries, where a strain of fruit fly [...]

05 Jan 2015

Got milk? Ukrainian delegation learns about modern dairy business practices in the United States of America (USA)

The Ukrainian dairy sector is developing rapidly. In recent years, the overall milk output and quality of dairy products have improved significantly. However, the recent devaluation of the Ukrainian currency, combined with a global decline in milk prices and the trade war with the Russian Federation, which was absorbing 80 [...]

15 Dec 2014

TCI Investment Days (16-17 December 2014)

Celebrating 50 years of promoting The Investment Centre’s annual two-day knowledge-sharing event called "Investment Days" will be held on 16 and 17 December 2014 in the Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO headquarters. This year, the event now in its sixth year, will be particularly special as the Centre (TCI) marks its 50th [...]

10 Dec 2014

FAO Investment Centre: An Overview (1964-2014)

" Fifty years old, the FAO-Investment Centre has adapted, expanded, diversified and – to the great credit of the people dedicated to its service – it has thrived. For this anniversary, we took the time to reflect on the experiences of half a century of facilitating effective investment in agriculture [...]

09 Dec 2014

Greasing the wheels of the Moroccan oilseed sector

Significantly influenced by market reforms and trade liberalization, the Moroccan oilseed sector has experienced a substantial decline since the 1990s. With total annual growth in oil consumption predicted to be 2.6 percent, the oil and meal import bill is projected to climb 50 percent by 2025. To regain lost ground [...]

08 Dec 2014

EBRD and Government hold workshop in Ankara on farmers’ access to finance

Support to Turkish farmers through policy and finance was the focus of a workshop held by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara on 27 November 2014. The event brought together representatives of the Turkish [...]

26 Nov 2014

Pre-harvest financing legislation to loosen the bind on Serbian farmers

On 25 November 2014, the Serbian Parliament adopted a new law on financing of agricultural production in Serbia. The law, promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, will help farmers access finance in a pre-harvest period. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), together with the FAO’s Investment Centre, provided [...]

26 Nov 2014

EBRD and FAO support key grain sector reform in Ukraine

Participants at the Fifth Ukrainian Grain Congress aim to unleash investment potential Over 200 senior representatives from the Ukrainian grain industry, International Financing Institutions (IFIs) and the Ukrainian authorities participated in the Fifth Ukrainian Grain Congress (UGC) in Kiev today. The congress, jointly supported since 2011 by the Food and Agriculture Organization [...]

03 Nov 2014

The Tajik Murghab “breaks the ice”

A newly formed enterprise “Zenghi-Baba” marks a milestone in yak milk processing The official ceremony in the central market on 21 August marked a milestone for Murghab, Republic of Tajikistan: the opening of the district’s only processing company. The newly formed LLC “Zengi Baba” is the country’s first producer of dairy products [...]

03 Nov 2014

New FAO/EBRD study on animal welfare legislation

Increasingly, but to different extents, consumers throughout the world want assurances that the meat and dairy products they are buying are safe to eat, nutritious and of good quality. Several recent zoonotic and food safety episodes have generally improved information on animal food production systems and led to rising public and [...]


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