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Welcome to the IAWG

Inter-Agency Working Group on Responsible Agricultural Investment:
for a strong, inclusive and sustainable global food system
The Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) generates empirical knowledge on responsible agricultural investment to strengthen the capacities of governments, investors, companies, finance providers, communities, civil society organizations and other stakeholders. Since its creation in 2009 by FAO, IFAD, UNCTAD and the World Bank, and working in partnership with key stakeholders, the IAWG identifies and promotes good practices for responsible agricultural investment. Its activities are supported, inter alia, by the UN General Assembly, the G7, G20 and the Government of Japan.

Why is it important?

Boosting the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of agriculture is essential for fighting hunger and poverty in the context of an increasing world population and rising food demand.
At the same time, major trends such as land degradation, water scarcity, and climate change add complexity to global food production and stress the need for innovative solutions.
Addressing these challenges requires more and better investments in agricultural supply chains.
Therefore, international guidance on responsible agricultural investment has become increasingly relevant to maximize their positive impacts and mitigate the possibility of negative outcomes.

How does the IAWG support responsible agricultural investment

  • Recommendations to enhance positive impacts of agricultural investment based on innovative research
  • Trends in foreign agricultural investment
  • Field research on the utilization of guidance instruments with investors
  • Providing guidance on responsible investment
  • Identifying alternatives to large-scale land acquisitions
  • Awareness-raising and multi-stakeholder dialogue