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
Supporting country investment plans in Bangladesh
Following the 2007/08 food price crisis, the Government of Bangladesh asked the FAO country office and Investment Centre to develop a Country Investment Plan, identifying priority investments in agriculture, food security and nutrition. The five-year plan built on the National Food Policy, developed with FAO support. Eleven ministries, civil society, academics and development partners, including FAO, were involved in producing an updated version. The plan, with its 12 priority investment areas, was designed to align domestic and external funding to enhance coordination and avoid gaps and duplication, with a mechanism in place to monitor results. From 2010 to 2014 an additional USD 4.5 billion in resources were mobilized.
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).
Public-private policy dialogue in Ukraine
When Ukraine introduced grain export quotas in 2008, most private grain investors started to back away or limit their investment activities in the country. An active and influential grain working group, established with FAO and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) assistance, helped increase transparency in the grain sector through better information exchange between government and private stakeholders. This led to the elimination of export bans. It is estimated that the intervention generated additional grain sector investments of USD 1 billion. This know-how for facilitating policy-making has now been transferred to other countries and sectors.