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Regional Initiatives

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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.

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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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Georgia is primarily an agricultural country, and women are crucial participants and contributors to agricultural development. Nonetheless, the contribution of women to agricultural production remains invisible and under-recognized.

These women also face difficulties in accessing crucial resources such as land, agricultural inputs, new technologies, and financing opportunities, as well as information, extension services, and training opportunities. With better agricultural knowledge rural women could enhance their farms’ production and raise standard of living for their children and families.

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Climate change is one of the biggest global challenge of our times. Thousands of rural farmers and families are already suffering from consequences that may continue to enlarge, increasing the risk of poverty, food insecurity, and forced migration.

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Obidjon Rahmonov had one ambition: to become an agricultural entrepreneur and run his own vegetable production business. Although it seemed a far-off dream, Obidjon worked abroad in Moscow for over two years to earn enough money to support his family and put aside some savings to start his enterprise.

When Obidjon returned from Moscow in late 2018, FAO had just started piloting a new initiative in his area. The pilot focuses on leveraging the remittances earned abroad by migrants. It gives beneficiaries who invest 50 percent of the money to launch a small-scale agri-business, the chance to receive a matching investment from FAO for the other 50 percent. The project, focused on helping turn remittances into agricultural investments, also provides training in entrepreneurial skills.