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In the drive to eliminate hunger and malnutrition, the Asia-Pacific region has achieved much and...
An agricultural information system for Kazakhstan was unveiled last week, with the objective of improving...
Gender statistics for agriculture and rural areas will be the focus of a regional seminar...
Bioenergy Week opens today in Budapest. Country representatives, international experts and private-sector decision makers from...

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/Biayna Mahari

Having made major strides in reducing the prevalence of hunger, Armenia, like other countries in Europe and Central Asia, is now working on progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security policy.

Photo:  ©FAO/Biayna Mahari

A new project to protect and make the most of Moldova’s plant genetic resources for food and agriculture was launched here last week.
The project, entitled "Support to the development of a National Programme for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Moldova," will assess needs and opportunities for conservation and use of plant genetic resources, help develop a national programme on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture for the conservation and sustainable use of these resources.

Photo: ©FAO/Vasily Maximov

Gender profiles for the agricultural and rural sectors of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan – along with a new agri-gender statistics toolkit – are being presented by FAO at a two-day workshop here this week.