Responsible Agricultural Investment in LDC

Responsible Agricultural Investment in LDC
FAO Side-Event in the margins of the 4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV)
On occasion of the 4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing a Special Event on “Responsible Agricultural Investment in LDC” which will take place on Wednesday 11 May 2011, from 8:00 to 10:00 am, at the Lutfi Kirdar Convention Centre, Room Topkapi B, In Istambul, Turkey.

The event will provide a forum for discussing responsible agricultural investment and the proposed RAI principles. It will start with an overview of the benefits, risks and issues raised by international investment in agriculture. The FAO experts will then introduce the RAI principles and their possible implications for LDCs. They will explain how these principles were developed building on existing international commitments and research. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion with the public. Participants will share their views and suggestions on the principles and their suitability to LDC governments, civil society and private sector operators.

Further information and contact details: Any enquiries should be addressed to FAO Liaison Office in New York, tel:+ (212) 963-6036, email: [email protected], and/or to the FAO Representation Office in Turkey, tel:+90-312-3079500, email: [email protected]


FAO Special Event on Responsible Agricultural Investment in LDCs
4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV)
11 May 2011, 8.00-10.00
Topkapi B
Lutfi Kirdar Convention Centre
Istanbul, Turkey

Draft Programme

08:00 – 08:45 a.m. Opening Session

  • Welcome and Opening remarks by the Chair: H.E. Mr. Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, host country of the IV UN Conference on LDCs (TBC)
  • Remarks by Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General, FAO
  • Remarks by H.E. Mr. Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner in charge of Development, European Commission
  • Remarks by Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD
  • Remarks by Minister from LDC (TBC)

08:45 – 10:00 a.m. Thematic Session: The RAI Principles and emerging evidence from LDCs

  • Presentation by Mr. David Hallam, Director, Trade and Markets Division, FAO
  • Presentation by Mr. Pascal Liu, Economist, Trade and Markets Division, FAO (?)  
  • Invited Comments and Perspectives:
  • a) Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director, Plan for Modernization of Agriculture (PMA) Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda
  • b) Ms. Elizabeth Atangana, President, Central African Farmers Organization (PROPAC)
  • Comments, questions from the floor and by Presenters
  • Wrap-up and Closing remarks - H.E. Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal, Chair of LDCs Group (TBC)
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  • 09 May 2011

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