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In Tajikistan, irrigation water is the bottleneck of crop production. And with water scarcity on...
Climate change has become an issue of national security and survival for many countries, as...
Farmers are facing growing pressure to provide an increasing amount of healthy and nutritious food...
Thirty Syrian workers start new jobs today at the Dağcıoğlu Baharat red pepper production factory...

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.

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The impact of climate change can already be felt on food production systems in the region, posing considerable challenges for agricultural production and food security. FAO is helping countries to manage their natural resources sustainably, while also coping with climate change and reducing the risk of disasters affecting agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Stories from the field

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Despite that North Macedonia is a net importer of poultry meat, the country has a long tradition of broiler production.

Given the country’s growing demand for high-quality, fresh poultry, North Macedonia could – with the right public–private collaboration, targeted investment and improvements to farmers’ already prodigious skills – increase the supply of domestically produced nutritious food while improving farmers’ livelihoods and generating employment for young people.

Photo: ©FAO/Nozim Kalandarov

A two-day conference on efficient production and marketing of Georgian fruits and berries concludes today in Tbilisi.

Attracting producers from Georgia, the event focused on helping local growers take advantage of numerous investment and market opportunities, both locally and internationally, by sharing best practices in apple, pear and berry production, storage, freezing, handling and marketing.

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Reducing the risk of incursions and improving preparation for the rapid detection and control of African swine fever in the Balkan countries is the main topic of the four-day FAO workshop finishing today in Belgrade.