International Development Law Organization

Investing responsibly in agriculture and food systems

17 Feb 2017

The agricultural sector in low income countries has suffered from serious underinvestment for decades, with considerable consequences for long-term food security. The investment needed to eradicate hunger by 2030 has been estimated at US$1.5 billion annual additional investments per year, of which US$276 million is required for rural development and agriculture. While funding is needed, these investments should occur in a responsible way.  The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI), endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2014, provide a framework for national regulations and international investment agreements to adhere to, including transparent and accessible legislation.

Recognizing this key role of a proper enabling environment, IDLO and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) organized a consultation workshop in May 2016 in Antigua, Guatemala to build the capacity for responsible investment needs in the wider region. The consultation explored how application of the CFS-RAI principles can stimulate a business environment that ensures food security and nutrition concerns are put at the forefront of public and private investments in agriculture.