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Prior to 2016, no country in the Caucasus or Central Asia had developed indicators to...
Food safety and quality have become salient topics in Kazakhstan’s dairy industry since all milk...
Reliable information on forest resources has become critical for national planning and decision-making, and it...
Restoring and developing small-scale farming has become a priority in Ukraine’s agricultural policy. FAO’s emergency...

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.

Stories from the field

Photo: ©FAO/Vyacheslav Oseledko

Two groups of advanced traditional crafts masters from Hungary are in Bishkek and Tashkent, the capital cities of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, to conduct craft trainings for rural women. It’s the first such crafts training taught by Hungarian masters in Central Asia.

Commercial links between Hungary and Central Asia go back thousands of years, and perhaps that’s why, despite the thousands of kilometers between them, the two cultures share similarities.

Photo: ©FAO/Robert Atanasovski

FAO’s lumpy skin disease (LSD) field manual for veterinarians is now available in six languages to aid in the prevention and control of the cattle disease that has established a large foothold in Europe since 2015. This complements well the recently concluded train-the-trainer session, covering also another ruminant disease, the bluetongue, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

With the help of new equipment and training, the Ukrainian pork sector is taking further steps to enhance its monitoring and containment of African swine fever (ASF).

In recent years, ASF has put the Ukrainian pork sector at risk, and with it the food security and livelihoods of many within the country.