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.

Ukraine: Meat sector review

Date of publication: 1 February 2014

Meat is one of the fastest growing agricultural commodities in the world: in the last 50 years, production has grown by 300 percent. Meat demand is mainly driven by increasing incomes and changes in consumer preferences; and these effects can be clearly seen in Ukraine, where meat production increased by...


Jamaica: Review of agricultural sector support and taxation

Date of publication: 1 January 2014

A result of solid cooperation between the Government of Jamaica, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and FAO, the report “Jamaica: Review of agricultural sector support and taxation” was published by the FAO Investment Centre. This report analyzes the mechanisms employed by the Jamaican Government to support agriculture and endeavors to...


Ghana: Irrigation market brief

Date of publication: 1 January 2014

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...


Niger - Joint FAO/IFAD Study on rural finance mechanisms

Date of publication: 12 November 2013

IFAD’s new results-based country strategic opportunities programme (COSOP 2013-2018) for Niger refocuses its investment portfolio on the sustainable improvement of food security in rural households in the regions of Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder. This new strategy foresees the gradual movement of a number of pipeline projects for improving food security...


Ukraine: Sugar sector review

Date of publication: 1 October 2013

Ukraine is the second largest producer of sugar in Eastern Europe after the Russian Federation, contributing to about 1.2 percent to national GDP. Not only is sugar important in local diets, the industry also provides an important contribution to employment and unites producers of elite and ordinary seeds, sugar beets,...


Russian Federation: Sugar sector review

Date of publication: 1 May 2013

The sugar sector is central to the Russian Federation’s economy: during the last ten years, it has expanded dramatically and sugar is currently the second most important source of food calories for Russian consumers. Both the privatization of farms and factories in the early 1990s and the variable import duties...

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