About the IAWG

The Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) of FAO, IFAD, UNCTAD and the World Bank was created in 2009 to enhance responsible agricultural investments while addressing global concerns around a wave of large-scale land acquisitions. Responding to requests from the UN General Assembly, the G7/G8, the G20 and the Government of Japan, the members of the IAWG collectively resolved to tackle two of the most pressing challenges: the lack of empirical evidence about the phenomenon and the need for practical guidance to maximize opportunities and minimize risks of larger-scale agricultural investment.
Since 2009, the IAWG has released more than 10 publications, organized more than 15 national and international events, and actively contributed to the development of several guidance instruments.  The IAWG jointly developed an initial set of Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment that Protects Rights, Livelihoods and Resources in 2009-early 2010, and later actively contributed to international consultations within the Committee on World Food Security to develop the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.
    • Dissemination of results of the research component of the programme “Pilot use of principles guiding new investments in agriculture”
    • Awareness raising and dialogue event in Senegal