FEATURED TRAINING: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS IN AGRICULTURE, MARCH 9-14 

Increased investment in agriculture can accelerate sustainable development and help meet growing domestic, regional and global food security needs. Yet, if not structured equitably or regulated carefully, these investments can also 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.

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To help address these challenges, CCSI has designed an Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture. This program, based on CCSI’s successful Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, will be held in New York City from March 9-14, 2015. The program will provide an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities of agricultural investments. It is designed to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to address some of the key issues posed by such investments, and to encourage a rich dialogue about practices from around the globe. By working through case studies and with practitioners, participants will focus on how to use analytical tools and frameworks to harness agricultural investments for sustainable development. For more information, or to apply, please visit our website.

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FEATURED PROJECT: LAUNCH OF UPDATED NEGOTIATION SUPPORT PORTAL

CCSI recently launched an updated Negotiation Support Portal to assist host governments in their planning, preparing for, negotiating, monitoring, and implementing of complex investment projects in the extractive industries, land and agriculture and infrastructure sectors. The Portal aims to improve the accessibility and visibility of useful tools, resources and technical support available to assist host governments. It has been updated based on feedback received since its initial launch in June 2014.

Negotiation Support PortalWhile the primary audience for the Negotiation Support Portal is government officials, policy makers and their advisors, the Portal may also be useful for communities and other stakeholders who want to learn more about the investment process, and how to monitor the implementation of investment projects. The development of the Portal has been supported by the Australian Government and the U.S. State Department, and it has been endorsed by the G-7 as part of the G7 CONNEX Initiative to strengthen assistance for complex contract negotiations.

For any assistance in locating a tool, resource or identifying support providers, or suggestions on improving the functionality, layout and content of the Portal, please contact us at ccsi@law.columbia.edu.