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African swine fever is one of the major animal health challenges worldwide, as demonstrated by recent developments in China and the European Union, where recent outbreaks have prompted health officials to take action. The disease first entered Europe through Georgia, back in 2007, in an unprecedented epidemic that would gradually spread...
11.10.2018
Moldovan authorities and FAO have successfully implemented a four-year project to increase drought resilience amongst small-scale farmers by helping them adopt modern irrigation technologies and best practices. At the closing event, held today in Chisinau, FAO and the minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment brought together a variegated set of...
10.10.2018
A logistics centre was opened today in northern Kyrgyzstan’s Kemin district to aid in supplying local schools with fresh agricultural produce. An initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the centre should improve the quality of school meals and secure a sustainable market for local...
10.10.2018
Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, is awarded with the Hungarian Order of Merit by Hungarian Minister of Agriculture Istvan Nagy. Rakhmanin, who has served in his present role with FAO’s Regional Office in Budapest since 2014, was honoured for his exemplary work in...
09.10.2018
Increasing agricultural productivity by over 20 percent just by using a negligible percent of arable land for creating forest areas sounds like a good deal. As practice shows, this is achievable with agroforestry – the practice of integrating woody vegetation with crops or animal systems. And the real bonus is...
09.10.2018
Encompassed by the Caucasus mountains with heights of 5 000 meters – offering breathtaking views and, at the same time, damming them – lies Georgia’s Tusheti region. Its inhabitants are strongly attached to this remote area, but the natural beauty alone is not sufficient for a healthy life. The short movie...
05.10.2018
Roughly one-third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted every year, according to FAO estimates. Food loss and waste increases prices, reduces the availability of micronutrient-rich foods, and lowers the income of smallholder farmers, who are the major food producers. It also contributes to greenhouse gas...
05.10.2018
More competitive small-scale farming and better livelihoods for rural people are central goals of the new cooperation agreement between FAO and the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Equally important are steps to confront climate change and manage natural resources more sustainably. FAO’s Country Programming Framework for Bosnia and Herzegovina, signed here...
03.10.2018
Agricultural development in Kyrgyzstan is being hampered by farmers’ lack of access to quality seeds, finance and market information, according to a new FAO assessment of value chains and the agribusiness environment. Additional factors slowing the development include scattered production and the prevalence of production cooperatives over service ones, said the...
01.10.2018
Ukraine, due to its geographical closeness to the European Union and its recently signed Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area agreement, has committed to aligning its food safety and quality systems with EU standards. The needed changes in legal requirements and in Ukraine’s official food safety control system bring with them...
28.09.2018