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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/Vasily Maximov

If there’s one thing wheat farmers agree on, it is the importance of sowing high-quality seeds. More than 50 farmers in Tajikistan last week attended an FAO field day where new wheat varieties were introduced – part of a project to improve access to high-quality seeds by producing them right in Tajikistan.

The FAO project – funded by the Government of Austria – is being undertaken in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Tajikistan and the Seed Association of Tajikistan.

Photo: ©EU Delegation to Serbia / Igor Pavicevic

Agricultural producers in seven municipalities of eastern Serbia recently received the final round of European Union assistance to small-scale farms hit by the floods of 2014.

Through a partnership with FAO, 600 metric tonnes livestock feed was distributed to 1 875 households. This distribution marked the end to an almost three-year long EU-FAO flood relief programme.

Photo: ©FAO/Olena Baranova

Some 1 250 rural households along the contact line in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine are receiving seed potatoes this week from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The help comes as part of FAO’s emergency response programme in the country, valued at US$ 2.3 million.