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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

06 August 2019
The Cuban Government is keen to boost the production of coffee and cocoa – two crops strategically important to the nation’s economy. Production of both has fallen substantially in recent years, due in large part to unfavourable trade conditions with other countries, declining producer real prices and extreme weather...
06 August 2019
Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with FAO and the World Bank to develop a well-functioning land registration system – a move to stimulate economic growth and sustainable development. Such a system will allow the country’s two entities – the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska – to work...
06 August 2019
Farmers in water-stressed northern China have increased their crop yields and strengthened their climate resilience thanks to an innovative World Bank-funded project, designed with the Investment Centre, that combined investments in engineering works and land husbandry, improved farming practices and modern irrigation technology. By building or upgrading irrigation and drainage systems,...
06 August 2019
The development of inclusive agro-based value chains contributes to delivering on the SDGs. Instruments such as the public-private producer partnership (4P) model, advocated by IFAD, aim to bring more small-scale farmers, particularly women and young farmers, into profitable value chains. These 4P financing instruments also address the ‘missing middle’ phenomenon...
06 August 2019
The Investment Centre helped design a USD 150 million World Bank-funded project to develop tourism in Tanzania. It was the World Bank’s largest environmental loan to a single country. The project supports the development of four major national parks and wildlife reserves in southern Tanzania – known as the ‘Southern...