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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.

Stories from the field

Photo: ©FAO/Johan Spanner

With a signing ceremony and press conference today in Yerevan, FAO launched a new project to make substantial improvements to dairy operations in the Republic of Armenia.

Also today, FAO introduced a unique platform for uniting donors working to improve the country’s agriculture sector.

The overall goal of the dairy project in Armenia is to enhance the productivity of the dairy sector, via improved feed resources, and to support dairy processing, via better-targeted investments.

Photo: ©FAO/Oleksandra Shergina

Some 1 250 rural households residing along the contact line in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine are receiving seed potatoes this week from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This is the second round of FAO’s vegetable seed distribution aimed at helping farmers get ready for the planting campaign now under way in eastern Ukraine.

This time, more than 125 tonnes of certified and highly productive seed potatoes will be distributed to around 1 250 food-insecure households and small farmers.

Photo: ©FAO/ Igor Pavicevic

Serbia has a dynamic horticulture industry. But with increased competition from the European Union, Serbian producers need to find ways to get an edge in the market, both at home and abroad.