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The World Bank Group’s Agriculture Action Plan: FY2013-2015, currently under preparation, will presents the next three year phase of the World Bank Group's commitment to agriculture and in combination with the FY10-12 action plan, will provide a continuous six year period of operationalizing the World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development. It follows on from the Agriculture Action Plan: FY10-12, which outlined the scaled-up World Bank Group commitment to improve agriculture's role in providing food security, in raising incomes of the poor, and in providing environmental services.Spacer 


Rwandan farmersNew Pledges Expand GAFSP's Food Security Work in World's Poorest Countries  - When you want to put money, ideas, innovation, and hard work together to increase food security, there’s nowhere better than the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program – GAFSP. More >>


GAFSP HomepageThe Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) Trust Fund is a multilateral financing mechanism to assist in the implementation of pledges made by the G8+ leaders at the L'Aquila Summit in July 2009. More >>>

Food crisisGlobal Food Crisis - The World Bank Group's Deal on Global Food Policy has been endorsed by 150 countries. The Bank's main contribution to emergency response under the New Deal is the Global Food Crisis Response Program. More >>> 
Farmer scattering rice. Philippines. World Bank/Danilo PinzonLand and Food Security -      Boosting agricultural productivity and investing in agriculture are essential to food security for a growing population in which one in seven people goes hungry. They are important parts of the World Bank's work to end global poverty. More >>>Spacer 

Knowledge ExchangeThe Knowledge Exchange Platform for Responsible Agro-Investment is designed as a 'one stop shop' for policy makers, practitioners, and stakeholders who want to know what adhering to the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment consists of.
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 Thinking Systematically About Scaling Up : Developing Guidance for Scaling Up World Bank-supported Agriculture and Rural Development Operations 
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Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils 

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A local market in Nigeria. World Bank/Curt CarnemarkGordon Conway: Four Steps to Feeding the World in 2050: Focusing on innovation, markets, people, and political leadership is necessary to feed a growing population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050.  More >>>  Global Donor Platform for Rural Development 

Agrifin - Agriculture Finance Support Facility
AIS Agriculture and Innovation Systems:
Agricultural development depends on innovation and is a major source of improved productivity, competitiveness, and economic growth throughout advanced and emerging economies. Innovation plays an important role in creating jobs, generating income, alleviating poverty, and driving social development.
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 FARM-D: Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development

Global Agiculture and Food Security Program

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Climate-Smart Agriculture:
Climate-smart farming techniques would increase farm productivity and incomes, and make agriculture more resilient to climate change, while also contributing to mitigation.
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Gender in Agriculture

ICT in Agriculture



ICT in Agriculture:
ARD has released its first-ever electronic Economic Sector Work (ESW) publication. Available at a new web portal (, the book is a compilation of modules related to 14 agricultural subsectors. Each module covers the challenges, lessons learned, and enabling factors associated with using ICT to improve smallholder livelihoods in these subsectors. More >>>

 Knowledge Exchange Platform for Responsible Agro-Investment (RAI) 

Livestock Data Innovation in Africa

Program on Forests

Price Volatility in Food and Agricultural Markets: Policy Responses [PDF] - Policy Report including contributions by FAO, IFAD, IMF, OECD, UNCTAD, WFP, The World Bank, The WTO, IFPRI and the UN HLTF







Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change - Hanoi, September 3-7, 2012

Bank Sees Durban Conference Making Progress on Climate Agenda

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Quick Facts! Why Landscape Approaches are Important

  • By 2050, there will be more than 9 billion people in the world. Agricultural production must increase by 70% in order to feed the growing population, with little increase in available land and water.Spacer
  • By 2025, nearly two-thirds of countries will be water-stressed and 2.4 billion people will face absolute water scarcity. About 70% of freshwater use is for agriculture.Spacer
  • Agriculture accounts for about 14% of global green house gas emissions, and approximately 30% when considering land-use change, such as deforestation driven by agricultural expansion for food, fiber, and fuel.
  • Forests cover 25-30% of the earth’s land surface and absorb about 15% of the planet’s GHG emissions. Deforestation has slowed in some countries but net forest loss averages 5 million hectares annually.
  • Worldwide, about 18% of cropland is irrigated, producing 40% of all crops and 60% of all cereals. Large parts of the world are already living beyond their means by supporting agriculture based on unsustainable use of groundwater. About 50% of the world’s irrigated agriculture uses groundwater.

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