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A dynamic seed industry needs the support of a sound regulatory framework to ensure that...
Hundreds of thousands of struggling subsistence farms form the bulk of Armenia’s agricultural sector. Yet...
Bread is the staple food in the Republic of Tajikistan, and growing wheat is the...
Grain production is a grand pillar of agriculture in Azerbaijan, where the annual demand for...

Regional Initiatives

Empowering smallholders and family farms

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

In one of Earth’s most remote and forbidding places – the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast of Tajikistan – life just became more interesting. 

Ensuring the quality and safety of Moldova’s food products through a strengthened food safety system is the objective of a recently launched FAO project.

After three months’ worth of rain fell in a matter of days, southeastern Europe experienced the worst flooding seen in more than a century. The extent of the damage cannot be overstated.