Increased international investment in agriculture can support sustainable development and help meet food security needs at domestic, regional, and global levels. Yet, if not structured equitably or regulated carefully, investments may fail to provide expected benefits or may lead to social and environmental degradation. These risks have only heightened as investments in land for agriculture have become increasingly attractive to foreign investors and host countries alike.
Countries concerned about sustainable development confront multiple challenges in managing international investment in agriculture. These challenges include developing robust legal and fiscal frameworks, negotiating equitable deals with investors, mitigating environmental impacts, and protecting human rights.
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment will be addressing these issues and more with policy-makers and practitioners in its annual Executive Training Program on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture, which will be held at Columbia University in New York City from June 11-21, 2019.
The training is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to support responsible agricultural investment, and to facilitate a rich dialogue about best practices from around the globe. The course targets mid-level public sector officials, civil society, and private sector representatives. It draws from faculty and experts within the Earth Institute at Columbia University, as well as outside experts.
If you are interested in participating in the training or know of qualified candidates, visit the center’s website for more information and the application. The application deadline is February 11, 2019. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis; interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.