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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...


Kazakhstan: Highlights of livestock sub-sectors

Date of publication: 1 December 2010

These “Highlights on four Livestock sub-sectors in Kazakhstan” have been prepared by the FAO Investment Centre Division in collaboration with the Analytical Centre of Economic Policy for the Agricultural Sector (ACEPAS); a company belonging to Kaz-agroinnovationof the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of Kazakhstan. The purpose of these reports is...


National policies to support the modernization of farm machinery in CIS countries

Date of publication: 1 November 2010

This report was prepared under the FAO/World Bank Cooperative Programme in the context of the "Agricultural Mechanization: the Next Challenge for Agriculture in Low- and Middle-Income Countries" project. It examines the policies that currently support the improvement of farm mechanization, i.e. investments in farm machinery and equipment, in selected...


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...


The Kyrgyz Republic Farm: mechanization and agricultural productivity

Date of publication: 1 December 2009

This policy note results from joint efforts of the World Bank and FAO and is published under the TCI Country Highlights Series. The note reviews the status of farm machinery in the Kyrgyz Republic. The paper finds that a significant deficit in agricultural machinery is hindering sector productivity and...