Private Law and Agricultural Development is an important branch of the Work Programme of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).
First introduced in 2012, the Institute has since produced two instruments in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): the Legal Guide on Contract Farming and the Legal Guide on Agricultural Land Investment Contracts.
The new project on Legal Structure of Agricultural Enterprises represents the next logical step in the work of the tripartite partnership between UNIDROIT, FAO and IFAD. A preliminary background paper was prepared by the UNIDROIT Secretariat in 2020 and this Consultation Webinar will serve as a brainstorming session and will focus on the legal and business aspects of agricultural enterprises based on practical experience. It will bring together experts from a wide diversity of backgrounds including academics, representatives of international organisations, representatives of the private sector, NGOs, think tanks, etc. Notably, the Webinar will inform the drafting of an annotated list of contents and possible topics to be addressed in a prospective future instrument and will explore the nature of the contribution to be made by Unidroit, FAO and IFAD in light of their respective mandates and expertise. Participants are invited to actively take part in the workshop by sharing experience and knowledge.