Markets and trade

Current research on the impacts of investment and the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment on developing country agriculture

CFS 39 Side Event: 18 October 2012, FAO headquarters

The objectives of the Side Event were:
• To present empirical evidence from several streams of ongoing research on responsible agricultural investment in developing countries and the ongoing fieldwork on the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment that Respects Rights, Livelihoods and Resources (PRAI) in selected developing countries.
• To discuss the implications for policy formulation and possible recommendations for foreign and domestic investors, governments, donors and international agencies.
• To provide inputs into the CFS consultation process to ensure broad ownership of principles for responsible agriculture investment that enhance food security and nutrition (rai).

The Side Event was organized by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on the Principles of Responsible Agricultural Investment that Respects Rights, Livelihoods and Resources (PRAI), composed of FAO, IFAD, UNCTAD and the World Bank.

It was attended by over 100 people including ambassadors of member countries and representatives of civil society and the private sector as well as staff of international organizations. 

Agenda and presentations



Introductory remarks
Brian Baldwin, Senior Operations Management Adviser, IFAD


Case studies on the trends and impacts of FDI in developing country agriculture and alternative business models by FAO
Pascal Liu, International Agricultural Investment Team Leader, Trade and Market Division, FAO


A historical review of 179 agribusiness investments in developing countries
Grahame Dixie, Agribusiness Unit Team Leader, World Bank


Field testing of the PRAI in selected developing countries with communities and companies
Hafiz Mirza, Chief, Investment Issues Research, UNCTAD



Open discussion session: the way forward