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We need to transform our food systems if we are to sustainably feed a growing global population over the coming decades with food that is affordable, nutritious, healthy and safe.

This calls for greater, greener investment in food and agriculture – up to USD 265 billion annually is needed to eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030. But we need to get the investment right. That means both improving the quality of public investments and enabling responsible private investment and blended finance.

Our goal is to provide a strong evidence-based voice on investment in food and agriculture.

We partner with international and national financing institutions, technical divisions, research centres and public and private sector innovators to analyse complex investment challenges and deliver practical, evidence-based solutions to overcome them.

Publication types

K4I Publication series

We communicate this knowledge through key studies, publications and events. Topics range widely – from improving urban food systems governance to designing better climate-sensitive agricultural investments and country sector reviews, to name a few, while also contributing to FAO’s flagship publications.

Our K4I publications series include:

– Directions in Investment
– Country Investment Highlights
– Investment Toolkits
– Investment Briefs

Through K4I, we are committed to share knowledge and to keep pace with a constantly evolving investment landscape to identify investment solutions that contribute to sustainable food systems.

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Directions in Investment: Urban food systems governance

Our first publication to be launched under the new K4I series is the The World Bank and FAO report Urban food systems governance: current context and future opportunities explores how nine cities – Baltimore, Belo Horizonte, Lima, Medellín, Nairobi, Quito, Seoul, Shanghai, Toronto – are tackling emerging food issues. In discussing how cities design policies and programmes and manage governance processes to resolve concrete food problems, the report highlights the importance of urban food systems’ innovations to urban development and the larger food system’s connections to the broader economy, society and rural areas.

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Investment Toolkits:
Making climate-sensitive investments in agriculture

This new comprehensive knowledge product provides investment practitioners with practical reference material on integrating climate risk considerations at all stages of the investment project cycle, from design to implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Produced by a multidisciplinary team from across FAO, this compendium of modules and thematic sections builds on a 2012 FAO guidance document and draws on the most recent information and data sources, including the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. It also showcases FAO-developed tools, tested approaches and selected experiences, and discusses climate financing opportunities for agriculture.

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