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Much awaited weather data will soon be available to thousands of farmers in The former...
For the past two years, FAO has been working with Moldova to develop a national...
The Global Fishery Forum, a key event in the fishing industry calendar, opened today in...
Developing agriculture, forestry and natural resource management to enhance rural development are important components 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/Tofiq Babayev

With consumer demand for organic foods on the rise, FAO is working with Central Asian countries to develop their capacities for organic agriculture. A three-day international conference on the topic opens here today, with leading experts and other players taking part.

Organized by Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in cooperation with FAO,

Photo: ©FAO/Tofiq Babayev

Most European consumers are familiar with migratory species like salmon and sturgeon, and with farmed trout and carp. The long-term viability of these and other inland fish species is the focus of an FAO regional commission whose meeting opens here today.

Photo: ©FAO/Gent Skhullaku

High-seas illegal fishing and depleted marine fish stocks have grabbed headlines for years, sparking public concern and prompting governments to cooperate and take action, culminating in the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 on oceans and seas. But what about the fish and aquatic resources in lakes, rivers and freshwater fish farms?