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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: Ferdi Akarsu/Nature Conservation Center

It is known as the biggest flying bird in the world, with a weight ranging from 5 to 15 kilograms. Great bustards, which favour agricultural landscapes or steppes, are known as farmer-friendly animals that feed on unwanted insects. Unfortunately, great bustards are threatened globally, listed as vulnerable in the Red List of Threatened Species, published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Photo: ©FAO/Vyacheslav Oseledko

Two groups of advanced traditional crafts masters from Hungary are in Bishkek and Tashkent, the capital cities of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, to conduct craft trainings for rural women. It’s the first such crafts training taught by Hungarian masters in Central Asia.

Photo: ©FAO/Robert Atanasovski

FAO’s lumpy skin disease (LSD) field manual for veterinarians is now available in six languages to aid in the prevention and control of the cattle disease that has established a large foothold in Europe since 2015. This complements well the recently concluded train-the-trainer session, covering also another ruminant disease, the bluetongue, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.