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Two new senior management appointments in the Europe and Central Asia region were announced recently...
The Petrovic family in Prnjavor near the town of Sabac have been growing raspberries for...
For farmers in Central Asia, growing and marketing organic produce could be a rational –...
A new fish hatchery and aqua feed production unit were inaugurated last week in the...

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/Dorin Goian

The first convoys carrying 400 tonnes of obsolete pesticides from a site in Criuleni are leaving Moldova this week, headed for environmentally safe disposal in Poland. The Pașcani site in Criuleni is expected to be obsolete pesticide-free by the end of August.

Photo: ©FAO/Aytek Basi

The families of migrants who have left Tajikistan in search of work abroad will be an important focus of a new FAO project set to get under way here soon.