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20/10/2014 – Principles for responsible agriculture and food investments are approved

20 Oct 2014

Principles for responsible agriculture and food investments are approved
Rome, 16 October 2014

During the 2014 annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) from 13-18 October in Rome, governments from around the world have approved a landmark set of principles meant to guide investment in agriculture and food systems, aimed at assuring that cross-border and corporate investment flows lead to improved food security and sustainability and respect the rights of farm and food workers.

The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems were approved by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

The Principles were hammered out over two years of consultations and negotiations. They build on and are complementary to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, endorsed by the CFS in May 2012 amid heightened global concern about rising food prices and large-scale purchases of agricultural land and operations in developing countries, dubbed “land grabbing” by critics and widely seen as a threat to smallholders.

For more information about the endorsement, please see the FAO press release:
Principles for responsible agriculture and food investments are approved

Full text of the approved principles:
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