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Rural women in post-Soviet countries may live longer than men, but on average they earn...
Soils are under pressure worldwide. The extent and pace of land degradation have reached alarming...
Farmers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are constantly innovating, adapting their farming techniques to...
With natural disasters on the increase worldwide, and as disasters grow in both scope and...

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/Vladislav Ushakov

“We’ve learned how to work together and understand each other. We are now even closer than relatives.” This remark, from a participant in FAO’s project on sustainable pastureland management in Kyrgyzstan, speaks volumes.  

In Kyrgyz custom, nothing is more important than good relations with others.  Nomadic people, Kyrgyz always shared their last piece of bread with anyone who visited their home – or yurt.

Photo: ©FAO/Nemanja Knezevic

FAO and the European Union will start a second round of assistance to flood-affected farms in Serbia this month, expected to reach an additional 7,000 households and six municipalities not included in the first round.

Photo:  ©FAO / Biayna Mahari

Laying the groundwork for reinvigorated apricot production in Armenia was the objective of a three-year FAO project that came to a formal close today – marked by a ceremony that celebrated substantial and visible achievements.