Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food 

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Sustainable Development and Economic Opportunity

More than ten million people suffer from chronic undernourishment in Mesoamerica. Lifting these people out of hunger by 2030 will require US$1.5 billion annual additional investments, of which US$276 million should be spent on agriculture and rural development. However, not all kinds of investment are equally beneficial, and some may actually do more harm than good.

Applying guidance instruments such as the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI) helps ensure that investments benefit those who need them most, thus contributing to the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Translating the CFS-RAI principles into action requires sustained support, guidance and application of the global principles in regional and national contexts.

Specific support will be necessary to improve the enabling environment. A proper enabling environment is essential to enhance responsible investments in agriculture and food systems. Inclusive institutional frameworks and platforms, adequate legal frameworks and policies all contribute to ensuring that investments increase not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of quality. Conversely, in countries where governance is weak, investments can carry significant risks for all stakeholders.

Recognizing this key role of a proper enabling environment, FAO and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) organized a workshop on 24 and 25 May 2016 in Antigua, Guatemala, to explore capacity development needs in Mesoamerica. The workshop was hosted by El Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española en La Antigua.

Working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

With the commitment to implementing the United Nations' 2030 Agenda, IDLO's activities on responsible investments in agriculture and food in Mesoamercia worked to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 16. [ Find out more ] 

Where we also work

Biodiversity Gender Health Freedom of Religion or Belief Land Rights and Food Security Honduras Regional: HIV Responsible Investment in Agriculture Benin Burundi Kenya Liberia Mali Somalia South Sudan DREAMS Partnership Eastern Europe and Central Asia Kyrgyzstan Mongolia Economic Development Ukraine Egypt and HIV Jordan Kuwait Tunisia Regional: HIV Afghanistan IDLO in ASEAN Myanmar Philippines