Improving Food Security and Land Governance through investment standards

Investment in agriculture is needed to feed a growing global population. These investments need to respect the situation of the local population and the environment. Switzerland chaired the drafting process of the Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investments that have been adopted by the Committee on World Food Security. Consequently Switzerland supports the application of the Principles by training development country stakeholders in the negotiation and application of sustainable investment frameworks to increase food security for the poorest populations.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
Politique agricole
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022
CHF 2'400'000

As worldwide demand for food increases, countries need to attract ever greater amounts of investment into agriculture and food systems. When done right, increased investment can strengthen food security, create employment, increase incomes and promote economic development. But when done badly, it can exacerbate existing inequalities, undermine livelihoods, deplete natural resources, and worsen gender inequities.

With the Principles of Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI) by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the international community has an agreement at hand that can be implemented by all stakeholders.

Objectifs Strengthening of legal and policy frameworks, evidence, and consensus, to help ensure sustainable and responsible investment that positively contributes to agriculture and food systems and increases the food security of the poorest populations. Special attention is paid to gender sensitive investments.
Groupes cibles

Direct beneficiaries

  • Government officials and parliamentarians from low and middle-income countries and regional organizations, primarily in Africa and Asia
  • International organizations, research organizations, civil society and farmer’s organizations

Indirect beneficiaries: Smallholder farmers and rural population benefitting from investments that is sensitive of their needs and socio-economic situation.

Effets à moyen terme
  • Improved ability of government officials to negotiate investment contracts and treaties and to develop legal and policy frameworks
  • Improved evidence and consensus on responsible agricultural investments at the national level, through the creation and dissemination of improved quantitative and qualitative evidence and the dissemination of innovative and practical tools
  • Increased uptake of sustainable development objectives in key regional and international processes relating to issues including investment, agriculture, food security, land, water and gender

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Legal advice on request by government officials, including detailed comments on concrete draft treaties, laws, contracts, and other legal documents
  • Development of legal and policy tools to promote responsible and sustainable investment
  • Demand-driven country and regional workshops, South-South dialogues and exchanges
  • Practical tools like handbooks, policy briefs, legal advisory notes, model laws and contracts.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • Collaboration with three East African governments: Development of investment contracts which include environmental obligations on investors
  • In Central Africa: Development of a decree that provides land tenure security to local communities where foreign investment projects are planned.
  • In West Africa: Development of a legal framework for a new agricultural growth zone in West Africa
  • Participation in stakeholder consultations for the new Agricultural Land Law (loi foncière agricole – LFA) of Mali.
  • In South East Asia, support to a national government on a new decree for foreign direct investment in agriculture, and development of a model contract for farmland investments.
  • Work with the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) to develop a model contract for farmland investments.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
  • Autre organisation suisse non-profit

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

The activities of this project are fully taken into account in the design of other interventions in the cluster Responsible Agricultural Investments. Currently in the project “ASEAN Guidelines to promote responsible agricultural investments”, and in discussions with FAO on a GPFS participation in the FAO RAI-Umbrella Programme.

Since land is a major focus area of IISD, the synergy with GPFS’ Focus area 2.2 on land tenure is also assured.

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   2'400'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   600'000
Phases du projet Phase 3 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022   (Phase en cours) Phase 2 15.12.2014 - 28.02.2019   (Completed) Phase 1 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)