IAWG members

The IAWG consists of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Bank.

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. This includes providing support to enhance responsible agricultural investment. In its quality as a member of the IAWG, FAO analyses trends, impacts, challenges and opportunities of foreign agricultural investment. It also promotes responsible investment, by gathering empirical evidence on good practices and contributing to the application of guidance instruments, in particular the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.


IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$18.9 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 470 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

UNCTAD supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively, and helps equip them to deal with the potential drawbacks of greater economic integration. UNCTAD provides analysis, consensus-building, and technical assistance to help developing countries to use trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development.

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030 – end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity, in a sustainable manner. In rural areas, the World Bank emphasizes resource-efficient, climate-smart agriculture practices and a landscape approach that recognizes the interdependence of forests, water supplies, and food security. It also works across disciplinary boundaries to help shape a global food system that delivers a nutritious, safe and affordable diet for all. Finally, the Bank recognizes that the food sector holds particular promise to raise incomes for the poorest and create quality jobs both on-farm and off-farm around the world.
Established in 1944, the World Bank is headquartered in Washington DC and has more than 120 offices worldwide.