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
Areas of work
Supporting countries to design, implement and evaluate plans, programmes and projects
Facilitating multi-stakeholder policy dialogue and technical expertise for policy formulation
Strengthening relations with
Sharing publications, tools and statistics and hosting knowledge networks and events
Watershed management in India
FAO is working with the World Bank in India to assist state and federal government to design new generation watershed projects. A new project in Karnataka aims to scale up and strengthen the government schemes with new tools, approaches and means of incorporating more scientific information into watershed basin planning, and to create efficient institutional linkages with agriculture and rural employment schemes. The project also seeks to build capacity of relevant departments and staff to monitor the performance of their services and environmental change. Based on this design, FAO was also involved in the design of the Neeranchal National Watershed Project, which aims to roll out and scale up similar support across the country for the over USD 1 billion national Integrated Watershed Management Programme.
Building resilience in the Sahel
The Investment Centre is assisting in the design of a World Bank-funded USD 250 million regional project for support to pastoralism in the Sahel to enhance livelihood resilience of pastoralists in cross-border, drought-prone areas of six semi-arid to arid countries in West Africa: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. To inform the design, the Investment Centre carried out a stock-taking exercise of lessons learned to identify activities proven to be effective in supporting pastoralist groups and enhancing regional integration with potential for significant spill-over effects. The on-the-job training provided to the national teams for the project appraisal document formulation is facilitating national leadership and country ownership.
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.