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
Less than two years after the historic floods of 2014, Serbia was again forced to declare a national emergency in March 2016. This year’s flooding was more moderate in intensity, but 16 municipalities in the central and western parts of the country were hurt.
With the most urgent response actions now complete, Serbia can return its attention to questions of long-term recovery and resilience.