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Some 700 vulnerable internally displaced persons in Georgia could soon be earning income by growing...
Moldovan veterinarians, employees from regulating agencies and farmer association leaders are participating in a two-day...
As four days of FAO forestry management training get under way here today, the effort...
Climate change, nutrition and food security are topics in the spotlight this week, as countries...

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/Nemanja Knezevic

Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina will play a leading role in a two-year rural development project financed by Hungary. The FAO project, which gets under way this week, will involve governments at national, cantonal and local levels on community-led local development planning.

Photo: ©FAO/Ufuk Cakmak

Expanding economic development to rural areas is a top priority for Azerbaijan, as it works to diversify the national economy and reduce dependence on oil. One of the first impediments to be tackled is excessive land fragmentation and small farm sizes.

Photo: ©FAO/Jovica Vjestica

In the village of Boljetin, close to Majdanpek, an official ceremony last week marked the handing over of 26 different pieces of agricultural machinery. Recipients are farmers whose equipment was lost or damaged in the floods of spring 2014. A donation of the European Union valued at about Euro 63,300 financed new cultivators, ploughs, tillers, mowers and rakes for a total of 51 flood-affected farms in Kladovo, Zejecar, Negotin and Majdanpek municipalities.