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The impact of macroeconomic factors on agrifood trade in the post-soviet countries is in the...
More than 100 farmers, processors, investors and industry experts have gathered here today for the...
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With support from international organizations and projects, Ukraine is now in the final stages of...

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/Dorin Goian

Berry production and the development of rural areas and livelihoods will be the focus of two new FAO projects starting soon in Moldova.

The project agreements were signed here yesterday by FAO Representative in Moldova Raimund Jehle and Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE) Vasile Bitca. The projects have a combined budget of US$ 800 000, and are expected to be completed by 2019.

Photo: ©FAO

Raising awareness, understanding and interest in land consolidation is the objective of a nationwide campaign being conducted here by FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy.

Since the start of November, three public awareness workshops on land consolidation have been held, in the cities of Gostivar, Bitola and Strumica. All told, the workshops brought together about 300 farmers, agricultural landowners, representatives of local farmers’ organizations, villages and local self-governments, as well as other interested people and the media.

Photo: ©FAO/Robert Atanasovski

Always seek expert advice before using antimicrobials. That is the strong recommendation of international organizations, led by FAO, the World Health Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).