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Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems

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The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems prepared by CFS provide added value through a multi-stakeholder, holistic, and consensus-driven approach which fosters global ownership and application. The Principles take into account existing guiding frameworks such as the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment that respects rights, livelihoods, and resources (PRAI) developed by FAO, IFAD, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank and build on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance on Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food security (VGGT) and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security.

The objective of the Principles is to promote responsible investment in agriculture and food systems that contribute to food security and nutrition, thus supporting the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.

This document seeks to:

  1. Address the core elements of what makes investment in agriculture and food systems responsible;
  2. Identify who the key stakeholders are, and their respective roles and responsibilities with respect to responsible investment in agriculture and food systems;
  3. Serve as a framework to guide the actions of all stakeholders engaged in agriculture and food systems by defining Principles which can promote much needed responsible investment, enhance livelihoods, and guard against and mitigate risks to food security and nutrition.

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