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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/Sergei Gapon

New regulations are set to improve food safety in the Serbian meat-processing sector while maintaining traditions and facilitating the trade of meat and processed meat products in the country.

The announcement was made by Serbia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management at an event organised by FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which gathered producers and other public and private groups.

Photo: ©FAO/Meri Sahakyan

A model fish-production farm that uses new, water-saving production methods is being inaugurated today in Sayat-Nova, in Armenia’s Ararat province. The new installation was made possible by an FAO project and a public private-partnership.

Groundwater levels in the Ararat Valley have been falling in recent years due to overutilization – by aquaculture and other sectors.

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.