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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.

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/Aroa Santiago Bautista

Kazakhstan’s potential for organic agriculture is considered to be significant. Organic production is part of a government-endorsed “green economy” initiative, and is included in the current country programming framework with FAO.
Successful expansion of organic production, though, will require improvements in several areas: knowledge and capability for organic production, quality control, certification, and appropriate national institutions, laws and regulations.

Photo:  ©FAO/Sergey Kozmin

At least nine countries in the region stand united on the need to restore limited soil resources and stop alarming soil degradation trends. The “Izmir Communique’” and a related draft five-year implementation plan for the Eurasia region were adopted earlier this month.

Photo:  ©FAO/Kirill Karpalyuk

Clean-up and disposal of over 400 tonnes of obsolete pesticides is now in full swing at the Pascani site here, under a project financed by the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.