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Supporting the European Union’s Analytical and Decision-Making Capacity on Agricultural Investments - GCP/GLO/948/EC








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    Agrinvest Zimbabwe: Supporting Jobs for Youth through Private Investment in Agricultural Value Chains - TCP/ZIM/3702 2022
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    The bedrock of Zimbabwe’s economy is its agricultural sector, which also employs around 70 percent of the population Zimbabwe is a youthful country, with approximately 67 7 percent of the total population under the age of 35 Considering the high unemployment levels, in particular of youth, the Government of Zimbabwe places the development of the country’s agrifood system at the heart of any strategy aiming to deliver employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people in both rural and urban areas Development finance institutions ( and donors are increasingly aware that in order to achieve the SDGs, the amount of Official Development Assistance ( provided is well below the total funding needed To fill this financial gap, DFIs and donors have started to use ( ODA funds, to create blended financial instruments, which incentivize the mobilization of private investment in agriculture Investment opportunities exist along the value chains however, the promotion of sustainable private investment in priority agrifood sectors, as well as inputs and services sectors associated with them, need to embrace a two pronged approach This involves i providing support for developing bankable investment projects that can contribute to a higher competitiveness of priority agrifood subsectors and ii) supporting innovative approaches to reduce the main risk elements in creating an enabling environment associated with these investments Against this background, the project aimed to implement the AgrInvest concept (a blended FAO finance initiative that uses public funding to attract sustainable private investments in the agrifood sector), to facilitate improvements in the enabling environment by tackling the risks associated with agricultural investment, such as inconsistent and unpredictable agricultural and/or subsector policies, or the existence of legislative, regulatory or other institutional bottlenecks.
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    Catalysing young agri-entrepreneurs' investments and ensuring their sustainability – Strategic planning tool 2020
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    The achievement of the first two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – end poverty and hunger by 2030 – requires substantial investments. To fully contribute to sustainable development, both public and private investments should be perfectly aligned with the SDGs. In this context, empowering youth to invest in their own farms and businesses along agricultural value chains should be a key component of sustainable development-centered investment promotion and mobilization strategy for three reasons: the improvement of food security; the promotion of the added value of food products; and the improvement of employment and economic well-being. This strategic planning tool can help propel investments by young agri-entrepreneurs at national or regional levels, and help ensure their sustainability. It analyses the current environment and overall conditions young investors face while offering practical solutions to overcome the main challenges identified. The strategic planning tool also helps ensure that decision-makers take ownership of the results through a participatory and inclusive process. The strategic planning process consists of four steps: 1. Identify which actions to prioritize (promising agri-food chains; target areas and groups of young people with the potential to become successful agri-entrepreneurs and who need help the most); 2. Analyse the current context, institutional, policy, legal, and incentive frameworks as well as existing services which help young agri-entrepreneurs make sustainable investments in the agricultural sector and food systems; 3. Develop a common vision of the optimal situation for young agri-entrepreneurs investing in agri-food chains; and 4. Develop practical solutions to enhance sustainable and responsible investments by young agri-entrepreneurs. This tool was piloted and validated in Tunisia in 2019/2020.
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    Social analysis for inclusive agrifood investments
    Practitioner's guide
    2023
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    More than a decade has passed since the publication of the series entitled Social Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Investment Projects, which comprises three complementary manuals – the Manager’s, Practitioner’s and Field guides. During this time, conflict, climate change and economic downturns have been driving up poverty, hunger, and socioeconomic inequalities, reducing the resilience of agrifood systems. In response, the FAO Investment Centre has updated the Social Analysis guides to address the evolving and volatile rural transformation context, providing programme managers, practitioners and field workers with a set of enhanced tools for the design, implementation and evaluation of inclusive investments in agrifood systems. Today’s investments must prioritize more demand-driven, people-centred, culturally sensitive and locally owned sustainable approaches, with increased attention to reducing gender and other inequalities. Operationalizing these principles contributes to FAO’s and financing agencies’ objectives of ending poverty, improving food security and nutrition, and reducing inequalities. The goal of the updated guides is to support investments that contribute to inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, aligned with the outcomes of the UN Food Systems Summit, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the core principle of leaving no one behind. This publication is part of the Investment Toolkits series under the FAO Investment Centre's Knowledge for Investment (K4I) series. The contents of this publication have been turned into three e-leaning courses, which are accessible for free through the FAO E-learning Academy.

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