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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.

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

Photo: ©FAO/Kateryna Chechel

An additional 5 000 households will be assisted under FAO’s emergency response and recovery programme in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, bringing to 45 000 the number of people assisted.

This time, 5 000 smallholder farms from 32 villages of Donetsk region and 17 villages of Luhansk region are receiving help from FAO in the form of livestock feed packages. All of the selected villages are located within 5-10 kilometers from the contact line.

Photo: ©FAO/Kateryna Chechel

Rural households affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine urgently need help to restart agricultural production. This type of assistance would help safeguard and restore livelihoods, recover incomes, and ensure sustainable food security, a new FAO report published today argues.

Guidelines recently issued by Montenegro’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are set to help producers comply with the country’s new food hygiene requirements.