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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...


Russian Federation: public-private partnerships in agribusiness education

Date of publication: 1 September 2011

This study was commissioned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and carried out by the EBRD and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Investment Centre. Russia’s agri-food sector has experienced substantial growth over the past decade, yet the growth of the sector remains hampered by...


Poland, Bulgaria and Romania: Social impact of discount food retail in remote regions

Date of publication: 1 June 2011

This study was commissioned by the EBRD to begin the enhancement of the economic and social impact of investments in the food retail sector by obtaining a better understanding of the socio-economic impact of retail investments on more remote regions of these countries. The first objective of the study was...


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active in the region that call themselves “commodity exchange” (and many more registered commodity exchanges that are no longer active) but most exchanges would...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

Announcing 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...