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Support to Investment

Investing in agriculture transforms lives by reducing hunger and poverty, creating employment and building people’s resilience to disasters and shocks. FAO helps countries foster an enabling environment for more and better investments in food security, nutrition, agriculture and rural development to improve rural livelihoods, raise incomes and safeguard the natural environment. FAO’s support to investment includes the formulation, implementation, supervision and evaluation of agricultural investment plans, programmes and projects. FAO advises governments on policy and legislation. It facilitates public-private policy dialogue and undertakes sector analyses and value chain studies to support investment decision-making. It strengthens national agricultural investment capacities, providing guidance and tools, institutional strengthening and learning support. FAO also draws on financing mechanisms, such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to address environmental concerns and make investments more sustainable.

FAO's role in support to investment

Success stories

Getting the most from the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
As part of FAO's overall assistance to Africa, the Investment Centre has been supporting the implementation of CAADP, the strategic agricultural framework of the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). The Investment Centre has helped mobilize international and local political and financial support for CAADP. Some 30 countries and three regional economic communities have benefitted from policy assistance, investment planning, capacity development and resource mobilization. The Investment Centre has also assisted nine countries in obtaining funds from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).

Addressing land tenure in Latin America and the Caribbean
Developing and implementing land policies that benefit disadvantaged farmers, boost agricultural production and improve food security require complex and long-term investments. Since early 2000, FAO's Investment Centre has collaborated with FAO's land tenure team and the World Bank on land access, security of tenure and land administration issues. In Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO has focused on institutional strengthening. It has also supported national initiatives on the recognition of indigenous peoples' territories, especially in Honduras, Guatemala and Bolivia. Along with the World Bank, the Investment Centre developed a toolkit on conducting monitoring and evaluation systems for land administration programmes in the region to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the projects' implementation, as well as their impact on institutions, municipalities, indigenous territories and households.

More efficient and inclusive value chains
FAO has been working closely with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to develop more efficient and inclusive value chains. In Serbia, they have introduced the use of geographical indications for horticulture products − a status that assures consumers of a product's quality, origin and reputation. They are working with Nectar, for example, a leading juice drinks company in the Western Balkans, to develop origin-based labels for Serbian fresh and processed fruit products such as the sour cherry. FAO and EBRD are also partnering with the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Carnex, Serbia's top meat producing company, to develop public quality labels for Serbian meat and meat products. Having such a status can help producers set their products apart and gain a better foothold in domestic and international markets.