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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
With extreme weather events posing serious risks to agriculture and the rural economy, the Macedonian Government has recognized the importance of regular information and early warning systems in guarding agriculture against climate change. At a workshop today in Gradsko, FAO and the Macedonian National Hydrometeorological Service have brought together participants from...
26.09.2018
The intensification of agricultural production and the effects of climate change have increased the pressure on crops from pests and diseases. According to recent estimates, annual losses caused by insects, weeds, and diseases are around 20–40 percent, a range similar to levels registered 50 years ago. Although pesticides play an important...
26.09.2018
Agriculture is an important sector in the national economies of Caucasus and Central Asian countries, and locusts can cause severe damages. However, technology developed by FAO allows anti-locust services to view online locust data collected in the field. These data can be used to establish forecasts and aid in decisions on...
25.09.2018
Social protection plays a crucial role in accelerating progress in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty, with the potential to transform the lives of rural women and men by improving their well-being and livelihoods. Still, evidence shows that social protection is lacking for the majority of the food insecure...
24.09.2018
Forests are complex ecosystems that provide not only food, fuel and income opportunities for locals, but also provide important services at the global level as well. Recognizing this, FAO and the Czech Republic have been working together for more than ten years to help countries in Central Asia manage their...
21.09.2018
Aida Baimakova is only 27 years old, but already a year has passed since the Slow Food congress elected her international councilor for Belarus, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Russian Federation, and Ukraine. On the eve of Slow Food’s annual “Terra Madre” event in Torino, Italy, FAO communication specialist Olga Grebennikova...
20.09.2018
Ukraine is well on its way to establishing a legal framework on self-regulation – a mechanism that will improve standards in the agribusiness sector and provide private companies with an opportunity to boost their role in defining their future. The legal framework would allow for industry self-regulation – a process that...
20.09.2018