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Regional Initiatives

As economic reforms in the 1990s shifted land ownership into the hands of private smallholders, family farmers became the predominant source of agricultural production in the region. To address the absence of well-developed institutional support, FAO is implementing a Regional Initiative on Empowering Smallholders and Family Farms for Improved Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction.

While international trade policy is usually implemented at the border, adherence to food safety and quality standards concerns national food safety systems as well as food safety and quality control at the enterprise level. This means that a supportive policy environment for modern agrifood trade encompasses not only border policies, but also policies and institutions at the national and enterprise level.

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The impact of climate change can already be felt on food production systems in the region, posing considerable challenges for agricultural production and food security. FAO is helping countries to manage their natural resources sustainably, while also coping with climate change and reducing the risk of disasters affecting agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Stories from the field

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Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to further modernize its real property registration and cadastre systems – a move designed to stimulate economic growth and sustainable development.

With such a system in place, the country’s two entities – the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska – have been able to work more efficiently, effectively and transparently while providing better and faster services.

Photo: ©United Nations in Kyrgyzstan/Vlad Ushakov

With two FAO workshops this week in Bishkek, countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus are advancing towards improvements in their fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

One workshop was aimed at disseminating knowledge on restocking- and culture-based fisheries under the auspices of the Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission (CACFish), while the other kicked off a project on fish feed development.

Photo: ©FAO/Dorin Goian

FAO project will provide technical assistance to Moldovan authorities for conducting the first National Forest Inventory.