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At least nine countries in the region stand united on the need to restore limited...
Clean-up and disposal of over 400 tonnes of obsolete pesticides is now in full swing...
The Russian news agency TASS  and FAO have agreed to work together to raise public...
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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.

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

Photo:  ©FAO/Vlad Ushakov

With soil fertility declining and pests and diseases reducing crop yields, farmers in Kyrgyzstan are ready to try something new.

Twenty-two representatives from 20 farmer field schools in two rayons of the Chui valley gathered for a recent farmer field day in Budenovka. The gathering was part of an ongoing FAO project aimed at helping Kyrgyzstan’s farmers adopt modern crop management and pest control technologies.

Photo:  ©FAO/Eugen Chiabur

Improving small-scale farmers’ resistance to drought through better water management and modern irrigation technologies is the objective of a Hungary-funded FAO project.

Photo:  ©FAO/Zoran Marinovic

More than 20 million sterilized male fruit flies are being released in the Neretva Valley of southern Croatia – an important milestone in an environmentally friendly project to help the region’s fruit producers.