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Countries that have consistently invested in their agriculture sectors over the last few decades have also had the most success in boosting food production and productivity and in reducing hunger and malnutrition. FAO supports developing and transition countries with investment operations. This includes support to the design, implementation, supervision and evaluation of agricultural investment plans, programmes and projects.

A large portion of FAO’s support to investment is carried out through three-way partnerships with member countries and international financing institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and regional development banks, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). To date, FAO's work with IFIs has helped leverage investments valued at over USD 115 billion. FAO also works closely with producer organizations and small-scale farmers to make sure they are fully involved in the investment decisions that will affect their lives and livelihoods.

FAO draws on a vast resource of technical expertise, including a dedicated Investment Centre with around 95 agricultural investment specialists, including 20 officers based in FAO regional and subregional offices. This team carries out roughly 800 missions a year to formulate and implement programmes and projects, assess progress at various points and provide technical support to enhance quality and effectiveness.

FAO's support to investment covers areas such as land, water, irrigation, forestry, livestock and agro-industries. It may also focus on cross-cutting issues such as family farming, territorial approaches, gender and nutrition mainstreaming, integrated natural resources management, climate smart agriculture and carbon balancing, among others.

FAO carries out socioeconomic assessments and gender analyses to better link investment programmes or projects to the needs of targeted beneficiaries. It also ensures that environmental concerns influence the design of every investment project or programme. 

Success stories

18 October 2018
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is ambitious, but Africa is committed to achieving an equally impressive set...
18 October 2018
The Investment Centre helped design a USD 500 million World Bank-funded project to improve the productivity, market access and...
18 October 2018
FAO is supporting a project financed through the CDB to diversify Jamaica’s agricultural production – a move aimed...
18 October 2018
The Investment Centre and the World Bank are working with the Government of Ethiopia to make the country’s livestock and...
18 October 2018
he World Bank’s Strengthening Markets for Agriculture and Rural Transformation (SMART) project is helping farmers in Pakistan’s Punjab province...
18 October 2018
When the World Bank wanted an end-of-project evaluation of its Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project, it turned to the Investment...
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