Regional Office

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


Potato tuber moth Phthorimaea operculella

Assessment of the current situation on newly introduced potato and tomato pest in Armenia

Project: TCP/ARM/3401
1 July 2013

Blind Mole Rat

Blind mole rat in Armenia
...”The un-cultivated strip of land serves as a reservoir or island in which blind mole rats can live without disruption, and expand burrow systems into the cultivated strips, as well as creating new burrow systems by dispersing juveniles...” comprehensive study by FAO in collaboration with National Wildlife Research Center Wildlife Services/APHIS/USDA.
1 July 2013

Workshop on “Conservation and sustainable use of apricot genetic resources” in the framework of“Apricot Genetic Resources Conservation and Utilization” project
Yerevan, Armenia, 23 May 2013

More: and here in Armenian language.

Support to the Government of Armenia in elaboration and implementation of IPM program for Potato moth and mole control
The workshop on the current situation of the TCP/ARM/3401 project implementation was held on 27 February 2013 in Yerevan, Armenia.