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A high-level conference in Belgrade today marks the first stage in a recently-begun four-year commitment...
Starting or participating in an agrifood business could make good sense for women in poor...
Improving livestock genetic resources in Moldova – with a special focus on dairy cattle –...
Gender equality, social protection and rural development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a new...

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: Courtesy of Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey

Forests, pastures and agricultural landscapes are the focus of a new project in Turkey’s Konya Closed Basin, designed to introduce sustainable land management, climate-friendly agriculture, and conservation of the area’s biodiversity.

Photo: ©FAO/Ferenc Isza

Since entering Turkey in 2013, followed by Russia and Greece more recently, a dangerous cattle virus has spread throughout the Balkans and now threatens to move further into Europe. To stop its progress and increase preparedness, FAO is concentrating its efforts and technical capacities on two regional projects aimed at prevention and control of the virus.

Photo: ©FAO/Oliver Bunic

How can small-scale agricultural producers cope with the effects of climate change, reduce their exposure to risk, and manage their farms more efficiently? A series of training sessions launched recently in Serbia covers these very topics.