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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

Guidelines recently issued by Montenegro’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are set to help producers comply with the country’s new food hygiene requirements.

The new bylaws, in line with European Union legislation, include flexibility measures and derogations for small-scale meat producers, processors and distributors, as well as producers of traditional meat products.

Photo: ©FAO/Kateryna Chechel

Rural households affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine urgently need help to restart agricultural production. This type of assistance would help safeguard and restore livelihoods, recover incomes, and ensure sustainable food security, a new FAO report published today argues.

The study presents an analysis of social and economic vulnerability in the conflict-affected Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, with a particular focus on rural people living along the engagement line.

Photo: ©FAO/Goga Chanadiri

The findings are in from an FAO survey of livestock producers in Georgia. When analyzed, the numbers provide important insights into the country’s livestock sector.

The survey was conducted during the month of August 2017, to gather baseline data for a major FAO project on livestock traceability, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the Austrian Development Cooperation.