Advocacy & Facilitation
FAO helps countries make more and better investment decisions by strengthening relations with investors and fostering strategic partnerships. Acting as a ‘neutral broker, it facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogue at the country level between public authorities and the private sector, private banks and microfinance institutions to identify policy or legislative, regulatory or fiscal options that enable responsible private investments at all levels of the value chain.
While FAO continues to strengthen its longstanding partnerships, such as with the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), it also fosters productive partnerships with private sector investors and producer organizations.
The organization plays an important role in promoting responsible investment at the international and regional levels. In addition to developing globally agreed guidelines for responsible investment, it also supports their application at country level and facilitates South-South cooperation on issues related to agricultural investment.
FAO develops and promotes guidelines to help countries make responsible investment decisions:
Public-private policy dialogue
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.
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).