Directions in Investment

Directions in Investment

These Directions in Investment discuss and analyze issues and opportunities related to investment in agriculture and rural development. Topics covered include agricultural and rural policy, new financing instruments, sustainable rural development, rural finance, and global food security, among many others. This series focuses on themes that have a regional or global relevance rather than country-specific subjects found under Country highlights.

Animal welfare legislation in the beef, pork and poultry industries

Date of publication: 1 August 2014

Increasingly, but to different extents, consumers throughout the world want assurances that the meat and dairy products they are buying are safe to eat, nutritious and of good quality. Several recent zoonotic and food safety episodes have generally improved information on animal food production systems and led to rising public...

    

Ukraine soil fertility

Date of publication: 1 June 2014

Ukraine is renowned as the breadbasket of Europe thanks to its black Chernozem soils that offer exceptional agronomic conditions, due to its high composition of organic matter. However, its benefits are being threatened by increasing soil erosion, which has been exacerbated by excessive land tillage and negative impacts of climate...

    

Emerging investment trends in primary agriculture

Date of publication: 1 September 2013

In recent years there has been notable growth in public and private investment in primary agriculture, particularly by private equity funds. This relatively new phenomenon has led to private and quasi-private large-scale acquisitions of farmlands that often enhance efficiency and productivity while also contributing to modernizing the primary sector. As...

    

Innovative agricultural finance and risk management: Strengthening food production and trade in the transition region

Date of publication: 1 May 2012

A working paper entitled "Innovative agricultural finance and risk management" has been published by FAO’s Investment Centre Division in collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The publication looks into the issue of risk management in agricultural finance in transition countries. These countries - like Kazakhstan,...

    

Food security and the transition region

Date of publication: 1 October 2011

Population growth, accelerated urbanization and higher incomes are expected to lead to an increase in food demand by about 70 percent by 2050 – involving 1 billion extra tons of cereals and 200 million extra tons of meat. A FAO/EBRD report, presented at the occasion of EBRD's donor meeting on 29...

    

Commodity exchanges in Europe and Central Asia: A means for management of price risk

Date of publication: 1 March 2011

This study discusses commodity exchange in the European and Central Asian (ECA) region as a tool for risk management. There are well over two-hundred entities active in the region that call themselves “commodity exchange” (and many more registered commodity exchanges that are no longer active) but most exchanges would...

    
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