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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active in the region that call themselves “commodity exchange” (and many more registered commodity exchanges that are no longer active) but most exchanges would...


Study on potentials of mobile phones in investment and development projects

Date of publication: 1 January 2011

This study is one of the results of the “Sustainable Livelihood Development Project” being implemented in Kenya by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) under FAO funding. The project has developed a mobile phone based monitoring system, which provides a number of key services, including real time reporting of the...


Social Analysis for Agriculture and Rural Investment Projects

Date of publication: 1 January 2011

Social analysis for more effective agriculture and rural development investments

Annoucing the new FAO Investment Centre compendium designed to boost the effectiveness of agricultural investments through social inclusiveness and gender equity. Three guides in all, emphasize the importance of capturing the full social picture when designing investment projects. The compendium addresses...


Ukraine: Grain sector review and public private policy dialogue

Date of publication: 1 December 2010

This study was commissioned by the EBRD in the context of the FAO/EBRD "Ukraine Grain Sector Review and Policy Options" project ("the Project"). The main objective of the Project - financed by the Government of Canada and FAO - was to encourage discussions between policy-makers and the private sector...


Use of monitoring and evaluation in agriculture and rural development projects

Date of publication: 1 December 2010

This Paper provides a critical review of the use of M&E in agricultural and rural development (ARD) projects. It assesses how M&E systems have been designed and implemented in 74 World Bank-assisted ARD projects over the last 15 years in the South and East Asia regions. This is based primarily...


The Russian Federation: Review of the dairy sector

Date of publication: 1 December 2010

The Russian dairy sector has shown a number of positive trends in recent years, from a rise in milk production and increased modernization to greater investments from both the public and private sectors. But it also continues to face challenges such as intense international trade competition, seasonal milk shortages and...