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 9-19, 2020.
This interdisciplinary program provides an overview of pressing issues related to agricultural investments, as well as an introduction to relevant practical skills. Participants work with practitioners and experts from within and beyond Columbia University, and receive a Statement of Attendance from Columbia University. Topics covered by the course include those listed in the brochure.
CCSI is accepting applications here until February 14, 2020. A limited number of partial scholarships are available; if you would like to be considered for a partial scholarship, you must apply on or before December 13, 2019. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.
For more information about the course, and to access the application, please visit our website.