Topic outline


    This learning path is intended to help investors act with due diligence to achieve socially responsible and financially sustainable land-based investments in developing countries, by applying the principles of the "Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security".

    It includes the assessment tool "How risky is your investment?”, the course "Responsible governance of tenure: a technical guide for investors", the scenario-based assessment "Are you a responsible investor?”.

      • System Requirements

        The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

        The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

        • Audience

          This learning path is aimed at those organizations that provide capital or manage funds that are used for investing in and/or operating land-based assets.

          In particular, it is directed at the following categories of investors:

          • Asset owners
          • Land aggregators
          • Asset managers
          • State-owned companies or sovereign wealth fund
          • Multinational companies
          • Financial services sector
          • Bilateral or multilateral development banks
          • Commodity traders

          • You will learn about

            • Principles of responsible land based investments
            • The process to carry out a responsible investment
            • Risk factors to be considered before proceeding in the investment process
            • Measures that can be adopted to mitigate investment risks related to land based assets in developing countries

            • Digital Badge Certification

              To be granted a digital certification from the FAO elearning Academy, you will have to take the final evaluation exam that is part of the learning path.

              Our digital badge certifications verify that you have achieved the learning outcomes and competencies outlined in FAO e-learning courses.

              What is a digital badge?
              Digital badges are online visual representations of learned skills and achievements earned in learning environments. They have already been adopted widely across a range of sectors and are being used to recognize both accredited and non-accredited learning in formal, informal and non-formal settings.
              Badges can be displayed wherever earners want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.

              The final evaluation exam can be accessed from inside the course. The pass grade is 75%.