13 Jul 2015

Improving lives and improving the environment

Q&A with Jeff Griffin, Senior Coordinator of the FAO GEF Unit Fresh from attending the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting in Washington, D.C. with Mr Gustavo Merino, Director, Investment Centre, Jeff Griffin, Senior Coordinator of the FAO GEF Unit, spoke about how GEF is more aligned with FAO's strategic goals [...]

01 Jul 2015

Rural Invest in São Paolo, Brazil: measuring impact of business plans

Are we making a difference? - Is a critical question facing those who invest in and implement rural development projects.  Equally as important is the question from the farmers’ perspective – What difference does this make for me?  FAO’s participatory assessment methodology Rural Invest helps shed light on the answers. In [...]

01 Jul 2015

Agricultural Growth in West Africa: Market and Policy Drivers

West African Agriculture is at a turning point. A new FAO Investment investigates the potential for agricultural growth in West Africa. The study "Agricultural Growth in West Africa: Market and Policy Drivers"was prepared jointly by the African Development Bank (AfDB), with support from the Government of France and the Economic Community [...]

26 Jun 2015

EBRD and TCI invest in the future of Georgian dairy

Georgia s dairy farmers need to boost milk quality standards after DCFTA Georgians have a proud tradition of dairy products but in recent years Georgia s dairy farmers have struggled to meet production and quality demands. Only one-tenth of the milk market is from imports and processors increasingly rely on foreign [...]

16 Jun 2015

Energy policy makers discuss climate technologies in Istanbul

Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources hosts workshop for post-Soviet and southern and eastern Mediterranean countries 16 June 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey Energy efficiency, renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies are the focus of a joint workshop by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Energy Agency [...]

25 May 2015

Financing Serbian farmers before harvest, May 2015

At the occasion of Novi Sad's 82th International Agriculture Fair, Minister Snezana Bogosavljevic Boskovic presented a new way to finance Serbian farmers before harvest. Belgrade, Novi Sad, 14 May 2015 - From 1 June 2015, thanks to the new Law on Financing Agricultural Production, farmers in Serbia will be able to [...]

11 May 2015

Optimizing RuralInvest: intensified training formula to address growing demand for country-driven investment

In February of this year, 21 participants from 14 institutions, including government, universities and NGOs, gathered at the Lebanese ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration) for a five-day training on FAO's RuralInvest toolkit. The event was conducted by the FAO Investment Centre at the request of the Government of Lebanon, and supported by [...]

07 May 2015

Designing warehouse receipt legislation: Regulatory options and recent trends

The FAO Investment Centre and the FAO Development Law Branch have just published a review of warehouse receipt legislation and related regulatory practices worldwide. The publication “Designing warehouse receipt legislation: regulatory options and recent trends” provides country-based examples on how to develop enabling legislation for inventory credit. Farmers often face difficulties accessing [...]

05 May 2015

Private Sector Forum on Food Security in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region

Barcelona, 5-6 May 2015 - Palacio de Pedralbes Enhancing food security in the Southern and Eastern rim of the Mediterranean requires leadership and engagement of all stakeholders. FAO, EBRD and the UfM Secretariat are convening high-level policymakers, financing institutions and CEOs from leading agribusiness companies, to deepen relationships between the public and [...]

22 Apr 2015

Building on regional experience to increase the competitiveness of the Montenegrin meat sector

21 April 2015, Podgorica – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro and financing from Luxembourg, launched a two-year joint project, aiming to upgrade meat quality [...]

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