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Silk production is as an ancient tradition in Azerbaijan, and spring is silkworm season. The...
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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/Dorin Goian

Viticulture, the science of growing grapes, dates back as far as 8 000 years in Armenia. The country has a favourable setting for grape production and it is a lucrative business even today.

But not paying enough attention to preserving genetic resources and maintaining healthy vines could jeopardize future good prospects for the sector. At the request of the national government, FAO is working on both aspects.

Photo: ©FAO/Vladimir Valishvili

Counterfeit seeds cheat farmers of the high-quality, high-yielding crops they rely on to make a decent living. A new law – drafted with help from FAO legal experts and adopted recently by the Parliament of Georgia – protects the market from falsified seed materials.

Georgia’s new Seed Law is part of a comprehensive FAO programme begun in 2014, supporting the Ministry of Agriculture in establishing a fully functional seed certification system.

Photo:  ©FAO/Sergei Gapon

A modern national food safety system for Ukraine’s fishery products – in line with European Union requirements – is the overarching goal of a new FAO project launched here today.