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
Georgia’s southern Tsalka region looks forward to welcoming tourists, drawn by the area’s unique natural beauty and cultural monuments. An FAO project financed by Austria has been working with local and national authorities as Tsalka prepares to host agritourists and ecotourists.
During 2016, areas for support were identified with the help of a “local initiative group” with representatives of the local population and both private and nongovernmental sectors.
A simple, innovative app could become a game-changer for Kazakhstan’s dairy industry – improving the efficiency of the raw milk supply chain.
FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have trained milk procurement managers with Kazakhstan’s top dairy companies on Collect Mobile – an open source application for data collection, management, analysis and display that is part of the Open Foris suite.