Funding for agriculture and rural development investments comes from a variety of sources including governments, financing institutions, bilateral donors, foundations and the farmers themselves. All are important partners in the fight against poverty and hunger and actively promote increased and more effective investment in agriculture and rural development.
FAO has cooperative work agreements with 27 financing institutions investing in agriculture. These allow us to collaborate on a country’s behalf at no direct cost to that country. Rather, costs are shared between FAO and the financing entity. Overall, FAO funds roughly 40 percent of the Investment Centre’s operating costs. The remainder comes from the cooperating financing institutions.
Since 1964, they have facilitated more than USD 105,2 billion in agriculture and rural development investment for 1952 projects with the participation of the Investment Centre. Of that amount, these International Financing Institutions (IFIs) have financed USD 65,4 billion. Among them, six are our most active partners.