Opening of the Investment in Agrifood Systems Forum

Investing in transforming agrifood systems
organized by FAO
Session Type
Session Themes
Investment in Agrifood Systems Forum
English / French / Spanish / Arabic / Russian / Chinese
Room number
Hall 4 Room 12
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16 October 2023
13:45 - 15:15 Abu Dhabi

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights the critical role agrifood systems play in tackling global challenges such as malnutrition, poverty, the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and climate change. Such challenges are accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, which have led to disruptions in global food supply chains. In developing countries, farmers, processors, and other actors in agrifood systems need help accessing financial resources and services to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to increase resilience to global shocks. Recent estimates, by the Food and Land use coalition, suggest that transforming food systems to sustain healthy people, a healthy planet, and a healthy economy will require an extra US$300 – US$350 billion per year for the next decade. Agrifood systems also present opportunities for mitigating and adapting to climate change and addressing biodiversity loss. That is why there is an urgent need to attract SDG-aligned, inclusive, and efficient public and private sector investment in agrifood systems to reduce food insecurity and to foster rural employment, particularly for women and youths, and income generation. 

Session themes: 

  • Rationale for investments in agriculture and food sectors.
  • Financing and investment mechanisms and pathways for transforming agrifoood systems.
  • Transformative partnerships for investing in agrifood systems. 


Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
Minister of Agriculture, Head of Delegation, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Minister of Agriculture & Irrigation and Fish Wealth, Republic of Yemen
Director General, Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD)
Director, African Migration Observatory
Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Assistant Director-General, Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Chaiman, Angolan Investment Promotion Agency (AIPEX)
Deputy Chairman for the Agrarian Services Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Azerbaijan


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