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Resources for parliamentarians on responsible investment in agriculture and food systems

Increasing investments in agriculture is crucial to end hunger and poverty by 2030. However, not all kinds of investments are equally beneficial. In order to generate sustainable benefits for all, it is essential that investments are responsible. The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS RAI) adopted by the Committee on World Food Security are the main global instrument to provide guidance in this regard.

Parliamentarians play a catalytic role in ensuring that investments in agriculture are responsible as per the CFS RAI, contributing to food security, inclusive economic development, poverty reduction, and the sustainable use of natural resources. 

FAO has developed a series of tools and resources to help parliamentarians be “change agents” to enhance responsible investment in agriculture and food systems.

Handbook for parliamentarians and parliamentary advisors
This tool provides a comprehensive and systematic overview of the role that parliamentarians can play in the creation of reliable, coherent and transparent “enabling environments” in a range of areas related to investment in agriculture and food systems.

Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems
The main features of the CFS RAI explained in brief. 

Enabling legal environment for responsible investment in agriculture and food systems
This legal brief includes concrete actions that African parliamentarians can take to drive responsible investment in their countries and at the regional level based on regional and international frameworks and standards.

Enabling legal environment for responsible investment in agriculture and food systems
This legal brief provides guidance related to how to create an enabling environment for responsible investment in agriculture specific to the Latin American context.

Empowering young agri-entrepreneurs to invest in agriculture and food systems. Policy recommendations based on lessons learned from eleven African countries
This report summarizes the main findings and lessons learned from FAO’s work with eleven African countries, and identifies key challenges and policy recommendations to promote youth engagement in agriculture.

Linkages between the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication and the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems
The briefs highlights key commonalities among the CFS RAI and the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication and provide some illustrative examples to inspire action by all stakeholders.

FAO e-learning courses on responsible investment in agriculture and food systems for parliamentarians, policymakers and other stakeholders


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