Effective agriculture and rural development investments are those that result in sustained food security and reduced poverty. This is our mission.
The FAO Investment Centre works in partnership with countries and both public and private financial institutions to increase the efficacy and flow of external, domestic and private investments to agriculture and rural development. Our role is to bring FAO’s knowledge to bear on each step of the investment process. We help developing and in-transition countries invest with the long-term picture in mind, create synergies between investment programmes, define and strengthen national capacities and design specific investment programmes and projects intended to bring the greatest environmental, social and economic benefits to the lives of rural people. We assist countries in promoting their agricultural sector not only for purposes of economic development, but also to meet the health and nutrition needs of their citizens.
Our work is country-focused. It involves collaboration in the field with national counterparts in government ministries, financing institutions, the private sector, the donor community and other UN entities, as well as with the intended beneficiaries of agricultural and rural development investment, especially small-scale farmers, who together comprise the world’s biggest investors in agriculture.