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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,...

    

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...

    

Ghana -Review of smallholder linkages for inclusive agribusiness development

Date of publication: 1 September 2013

In recent years, there has been increase in the flow of investment to agriculture, particularly due to rising commodity prices. Private sector investments resulted in large-scale acquisitions of farmland in lower and middle-income countries, which brought a long-standing controversial debate about “land grabbing” and “development investment” to the forefront, as...

    

Improving Milk Supply in Northern Ukraine: Technical Assistance to the Dairy Sector

Date of publication: 1 September 2013

A new FAO/EBRD report "Improving Milk Supply in Northern Ukraine: Technical Assistance to Ukraine's Dairy Sector" has just been published. The report reviews the overall sector in Ukraine and explains why rural household production is struggling to compete with commercial production. Commercial and household dairy farm investment models...

    

Review of the wheat sector and grain storage issues in Pakistan

Date of publication: 1 March 2013

Wheat is the largest grown grain crop in Pakistan and a main staple food, representing 40 percent of total cultivated land on 9 million hectares and 3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2009. However, yields remain low due to various constraints faced within the sector. Under the...