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
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.