Guidelines and handbooks

Learning from investment practices

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.

Análisis Social para inversiones en materia agrícola y de desarrollo rural más eficaces

Date of publication: 23 June 2014

Presentamos el nuevo Compendio del Centro de Inversiones de la FAO dirigido a aumentar la eficacia de las inversiones agrícolas a través de la inclusión social y la equidad de género.  Tres guías en total enfatizan la importancia de captar el panorama social en su totalidad al momento de diseñar...


Country investment plans in agriculture: Lessons from early experience

Date of publication: 1 May 2012

The learning note "Country investment plans in agriculture: lessons from early experience" has been published by the FAO Investment Centre Division. It focuses on three case studies in Bangladesh, United Republic of Tanzania and Ethiopia and looks at the challenges, successes and lessons learned from preparing and developing country...


Outgrower schemes: advantages of different business models for sustainable crop intensification

Date of publication: 1 March 2012

This learning note is part of the Investment Centre Division’s contribution to FAO’s Strategic Objective on Sustainable Intensification of Crop Production. It is an extract from a wider review of smallholder linkages for inclusive agribusiness development financed under the FAO/World Bank Cooperative Programme. The study reviews a range of...


Sustainable production systems intensification in the Sahelian zone: Niger case study

Date of publication: 1 March 2012

‘Save and grow’ is a concept of sustainable crop production intensification that aims to improve base agricultural production mainly by improving natural resource management. Over the last 30 years, ‘save and grow’ has been promoted as a development practice by international development organizations and local farmers in many Sub-Saharan African...


Agribusiness Handbooks

Date of publication: 1 December 2009

A series of ten agribusiness manuals was prepared by FAO’s Investment Centre Division in collaboration with the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division, under the FAO/EBRD Cooperation. The aim of these handbooks is to help agribusiness bankers and potential local investors acquire knowledge on a number of agricultural produce sectors...


Term Financing in Agriculture: A review of Relevant Experiences

Date of publication: 3 October 2003


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