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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: ©Kateryna Musienko

Imports of Ukrainian fresh fruit and berries to the European market continue to rise. An FAO training seminar here today is aimed at helping farmers prepare for even greater volumes of fruit and berry exports.

The European Union already grows fresh fruit and berries at significant levels, but consumer demand far outstrips internal production.

Photo: ©FAO/Barkin Bulbul

Twenty-six-year-old Sene has been living in a “container city” in southern Turkey since 2014, when she and her family arrived after fleeing Syria.

While studying at university in Syria, Sene worked part-time on her family’s farm. After graduation, she became a teacher. But as life in conflict-ridden Syria grew increasingly dangerous, she and her family decided to leave home and seek a safer, better life elsewhere.

Photo: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto

Schools and educational institutions are considered fundamental settings for promoting health and establishing healthy eating and lifestyle patterns. An FAO-organized event today aims to strengthen the institutional processes behind school food and nutrition programmes and policies in Ukraine, in line with the country’s commitment to improving public health and nutrition.

A Strategy and Action Plan for Agriculture and Rural Development in Ukraine for the period 2015-2020 was endorsed recently.