Increased investment in agriculture, fisheries and forestry can create jobs, drive economic growth, and bring environmental and social benefits. Achieving positive impact through investments requires commitment to responsible practices from all stakeholders.
Yet, private sector investment can also be risky. When done irresponsibly, private sector investment runs the risk of worsening inequality, with especially damaging implications for smallholder farmers and indigenous peoples’ livelihoods. It could also lead to the exploitation and depletion of precious natural resources.
The ASEAN RAI Guidelines aim to mitigate these risks by providing regionally-specific guidance for responsible investment practices.
Key Areas of Risk and Impact
during investments in food, agriculture and forestry in ASEAN: