Responsible Agricultural Investment

24 Oct 2018
Room XXV

Responsible Agricultural Investment

Achieving Zero Hunger (SDG2) requires significant increases in investment in agricultural value chains. At the same time, international investment in agriculture comes with a broad range of social, economic, and environmental challenges. The inter-agency working group (IAWG) of UNCTAD, the World Bank Group, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Fund for Agriculture Development has worked together for a decade to improve understanding and provide recommendations on how to maximize the benefits of international investment in agriculture while minimizing the risks. The high-level meeting will present the lessons learned from the application in the field of responsible agricultural investment principles, and assess relevant policy dimensions and future policy-oriented research and work directions.

Issues for the debate:

  • How can private investment in agricultural value chains best contribute to the SDGs?
  • What are the main challenges to ensuring a positive contribution and what solutions are most effective?
  • How can the lessons from the IAWG’s experience be used to improve the outcomes of private investment in agricultural value chains?

In partnership with:

Event Manager: Mr. William Speller
Contact email:

H.E. Mr. Veng Sakhon

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Mr. Shenggen Fan

Director-General, International Food Policy Research Institute

Mr. Martien Van Nieuwkoop

Director, World Bank Group

Mr. Eytan Stibbe

CEO, Vital Capital Fund

Ms. Iris Krebber

Head of Agriculture, Directorate General for Economic Development and International, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Mr. Daniel Hulls

CEO, AgDevCo

Ms. Marcela Villarreal

Director, Food and Agriculture Organization

Ms. Gerda Verburg

UN Assistant Secretary General, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement

Mr. Saran Song

Chairman and CEO, AMRU Rice Cambodia

Ms. Angelica Rotondaro

Founding Member, Alimi Impact Ventures

Ms. Carin Smaller

Senior Policy Advisor and team leader, Agriculture and Investment

Mr. Greg S. Garrett

Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Mr. Alvaro Lario

IFAD Associate Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Controller, Financial Operations Department