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Knowledge for Investment K4I

FAO helps people and institutions make better investment decisions in food and agriculture.

Our goal is to provide a strong evidence-based voice, keeping pace with the latest thinking and a constantly evolving investment landscape.  

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 for sustainable food and agriculture.

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K4I Publication series

Through K4I, we are committed to sharing this knowledge via key studies and publications. Topics are wide ranging – from improving urban food systems governance to more climate-sensitive agricultural investments to country sector reviews, to name a few.

Our K4I publications series include:

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

The FAO Investment Centre creates spaces for people to exchange experiences, discuss pressing issues and trends in the agri-food world and identify opportunities for sustainable investment in food and agriculture via events like its annual Investment Days, study tours, trainings, knowledge platforms and webinars.  


Latest K4I Publications

November 2021
Author(s): Santos, N., Monzini, J., Pedersen, E. and Borgomeo, E.
As the world gears up to fight climate change, agri-food systems are expected to play their part. The sector is increasingly being targeted and curbing emissions is becoming a key global investment and policy theme. This Investment...
November 2021
Author(s): Neza, B.N., Higiro, J., Mwangi, L.W., Ochatum, N.
Investing in farmers – or agriculture human capital – is crucial to addressing challenges in our agri-food systems. A global study carried out by the FAO Investment Centre and the International Food Policy Research Institute, with support from the CGIAR Research Programme on Policies, Institutions and Markets and the FAO Research and Extension Unit, looks at agriculture human capital investments,...
October 2021
Author(s): Freeman, K., Dias Pereira, L., Bullor, L., Perego, V.M.E., Escudero, D., Voss, F., Pessoa, T.
Investing in farmers - or agriculture human capital - is crucial to addressing challenges in our global agri-food systems, from sustainably feeding the world's growing population with food that is safe, healthy and nutritious to finding innovative solutions for more resilient and climate-smart agriculture. 
October 2021
Author(s): Amanah, S., Suprehatin, S., Iskandar, E., Eugenia, L., Chaidirsyah, M.R.
Investing in farmers through public-private-producer partnerships Rural Empowerment and Agricultural Development Scaling-up Initiative in Indonesia. Investing in farmers – or agriculture human capital – is crucial to addressing challenges in our agri-food systems. This Indonesian case study shows that the training and coaching provided increased knowledge of and practical skills in cocoa...
October 2021
Author(s): Neza, B.N., Higiro, J., Mwangi, L.W. and Ochatum, N.
Investing in farmers – or agriculture human capital – is crucial to addressing challenges in our agri-food systems. A global study carried out by the FAO Investment Centre and the International Food Policy Research Institute, with support from the CGIAR Research Programme on Policies, Institutions and Markets and the FAO Research and...
October 2021
Author(s): Kumar, A., Kumar A., Kumar, M.
nvesting in farmers – or agriculture human capital – is crucial to addressing challenges in our agri-food systems. A global study carried out by the FAO Investment Centre and the International Food Policy Research Institute, with support from the CGIAR Research Programme on Policies, Institutions and Markets and the FAO Research and...
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