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Four agricultural service cooperatives in the conflict-affected Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine today are...
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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/Ferenc Isza

Learning how to detect genetically modified organisms in food crops was the focus of a recent FAO training event here.

FAO’s Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan arranged the regional training course on GMO detection, identification, quantification, and laboratory accreditation according to ISO 17025 – as part of a larger FAO project to develop national and regional capacities in the area of biosafety.

Photo: ©FAO/Ami Vitale

FAO continues to deliver humanitarian aid in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, with a focus on rural people living along the line of engagement. This time, some 250 families within the 8-kilometer zone are receiving young rabbits for household meat production.

Distribution of the animals is taking place this week in Bakhmutskii rayon of Donetsk region and Popasnianskii rayon of Lugansk region. Each of the beneficiary households is receiving two New Zealand White rabbits in order to increase self-production of high-protein meat as an economical alternative to larger animals.

Photo: ©FAO/Ferenc Isza

Moldova now has a national programme for protecting and developing its genetic resources for food and agriculture. It also has the technical capacity and equipment to run the programme, thanks to a two-year FAO project that concludes with a final workshop this week.