Publications

Investment Centre Publications

The Investment Centre Division produces a number of publications each year under FAO’s joint investment support programmes with financing institutions, in particular with the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. These publications draw on the field experience of staff and international and national experts working on agricultural and rural development projects in developing and transition countries. The intended users are development specialists, government and project staff, students and trainers, and capacity building and knowledge exchange specialists. The publications address the need for investment projects to be conceptually coherent and results-oriented, relevant to national needs and capabilities, technically sound, viable in economic and financial terms, socially acceptable to the participants, and environmentally and fiscally sustainable.

The Centre provides all its publications free online in PDF format. A full list of current publications is available below.

The Good Practices in Investment Design series reviews exemplary activities in  a wide variety of ongoing or completed rural and agricultural development projects. The focus is on innovative approaches and proven techniques that have produced exceptional and sustainable results. Recent publications in this category include the stocktaking of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and management information systems, stocktaking of livelihood projects, incorporating climate change considerations into investment programmes, and the use of mobile phones in development projects. The aim is to provide examples of successful strategies and methodologies to assist development practitioners in improving the design, formulation and monitoring of future investment projects.

The Investment Centre Division produces a number of publications each year under FAO’s joint investment support programmes with financing institutions, in particular with the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. These publications draw on the field experience of staff and international and national experts working on agricultural and rural development projects in developing and transition countries. The intended users are development specialists, government and project staff, students and trainers, and capacity building and knowledge exchange specialists. The publications address the need for investment projects to be conceptually coherent and results-oriented, relevant to national needs and capabilities, technically sound, viable in economic and financial terms, socially acceptable to the participants, and environmentally and fiscally sustainable.

 The Centre provides all its publications free online in PDF format. A full list of current publications is available below.

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.

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.

This category includes manuals, handbooks, learning notes, and other capacity and knowledge development products that provide guidance on activities carried out under rural and agricultural development investment projects. Topics vary from addressing farm mechanization, the mitigation potential of agricultural projects,  country investment plans, social analysis for agriculture and rural investment projects, farmer field schools, environmental protection, the design and construction of small earth dams, to business models for sustainable crop intensification, and agribusiness handbooks on specific agricultural sub-sectors and their recent economic trends.

The Workshop Highlights series addresses and analyzes the discussions and findings of workshops and meetings held on a range of priority topics and issues related to improving the coverage, focus and effectiveness of agriculture and rural development investment projects. Topics include dealing with climate change adaptation in East Asia and the Pacific, and agricultural trade linkages between Latin America and China. 

The publications in this category include a broad variety of different topics related to agricultural, rural and agribusiness development projects that are not covered specifically by the other publications series produced by the Investment Centre.