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.
As countries seek to expand local trade, increase political and economic ties to the European Union or join the World Trade Organization, they must integrate their trade systems with new markets and comply with new standards. Regional and global integration is imperative as the region becomes an increasingly important supplier of agricultural goods to international markets. This initiative helps countries understand trade implications, implement trade policy and engage in trade agreements.
Stories from the field
The families of migrants who have left Tajikistan in search of work abroad will be an important focus of a new FAO project set to get under way here soon.
The three-year project, entitled “Developing Capacity for Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Selected Countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia” is financed by the Russian Federation with a budget of US$ 6 million.
African swine fever is a viral disease not harmful to human health, but it can have serious consequences for rural economies.
“In the past few years, Ukraine has had to face losses of over US$ 30 million due to the uncontrolled spread of ASF in the country,” said Vasyl Hovhera of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,” and these could increase significantly in the future.”