Country highlights

Country highlights

The Country Highlights series is a collection of studies on investment projects and sector reviews that provide assessments and recommendations related to the agricultural/rural sector or specific food chains in countries or regions. These publications cover a large number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in Africa, Asia, Central Asia and the Near East.

The changing state of agribusiness in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region

Date of publication: 30 November 2015

Countries in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region face significant and mounting food security challenges. The economic crisis in 2008 and political transformations over the past five years have put pressure on food systems, while natural resource constraints keep tightening due to climate change and population growth.

A new joint...


Zambia: Irrigation market brief

Date of publication: 14 July 2015

In Africa, more than any other sector, agribusiness has the potential to reduce poverty and drive economic growth. Agriculture accounts for nearly half of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 60 percent of the labor force. The World Bank estimates that by 2030, agriculture could develop into a...


Tunisie: Analyse de la filière oléicole

Date of publication: 9 July 2015

L’huile d’olive est l’une des principales productions agricoles de la Tunisie et constitue un produit d’exportation stratégique pour le pays. La Tunisie est en effet le troisième pays exportateur d’huile d’olive après l’Italie et l’Espagne. En termes de production, la Tunisie se range généralement parmi les six plus importants producteurs mondiaux,...


Jordan: Water along the food chain

Date of publication: 6 July 2015

In Jordan, water is both crucial and scarce.  The agricultural industry annually soaks up most of the country's groundwater, with sixty percent being used on irrigation alone.  However, renewable water resources fall far short of the current demand.  Recent surveys show a negative 46 million cubic meters in the ratio...


Morocco oilseeds

Date of publication: 1 July 2014

Significantly influenced by market reforms and trade liberalization programmes, 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 compete...


Russian Federation: Meat sector review

Date of publication: 1 July 2014

FAO’s Investment Centre and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) released an in-depth review of Russian Federation’s meat sector. The study examines the main trends affecting the development of the sector, in particular the impressive increase of the local demand for meat that increased by 75 percent between 2005...

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