Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)

Plant Production and Protection

The main activities of FAO in the field of Plant Production and Protection in the Region of Europe and Central Asia address:

  • helping member countries to prevent, and respond effectively to, transboundary outbreaks of pests;
  • providing technical assistance to plant production and protection activities in the region, within the framework of the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) and funded through the FAO Regular Programme;
  • designing and implementing extra budgetary projects within the Government Cooperative Programme (GCP, financed by the donor country) and Unilateral Trust Fund (UTF) projects that are financed by the recipient countries themselves;
  • developing guidelines and best practices to promote effective and strategic decisions that increase crop production using an ecosystem approach;
  • assisting countries in developing policies and technologies appropriate to their needs, or the needs of the region, aimed at reducing the negative impact of pesticides;
  • assisting member countries in conservation and the sustainable use of plant genetic resources with strong links between conservation, plant breeding and seed sector development;
  • providing objective, timely and comprehensive information on regional and global crop production sector trends to national governments and the international community;
  • assisting countries in the implementation of the international treaties related to plant production and protection.

Main areas of activities:

Crop production (Photo: REU)

Intensification of sustainable crop production

Response to the risk of outbreaks of transboundary pests and diseases of plants

Response to the risk of outbreaks of transboundary pests and diseases of plants


Response to the risk posed by pesticides 


Response to the management of plant genetic resources for food an agriculture (PGRFA) and seed systems

Crop Production and Plant Protection Officer: Avetik NERSISYAN

Upcoming event

  • Conservation Agriculture
    Consultation and Workshop
    15-16 December 2014, Budapest, Hungary