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Reforming the institutional structure of Ukraine’s forestry sector has long been high on the political agenda of leaders here. To that end, more than 80 stakeholders gathered at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv on 5 July to discuss the prospects and implications of forestry...
06.07.2018
FAO’s new publication on working safely with a chainsaw is now available in three languages to help self-employed farmers, farm workers and contractors stay out of harm's way when using the powerful tools. The guide – available online  in English, Albanian and Serbian – presents good operating techniques and safe handling...
02.07.2018
With 1.5 percent of the local population in Ukraine engaged in beekeeping, the country is the top player in Europe for honey production. Contributing to that production has been the practice of honey hunting, or the plundering of wild honeybee nests to obtain honey and beeswax. During pre-conflict times, it was...
29.06.2018
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and FAO, with funding from Luxembourg, have been working with the Serbian Government and the Serbian Union of Cooperatives to promote the development of cooperative organizations across the country’s agricultural sector. In Serbia, farmers do not yet recognize cooperatives as beneficial for their...
28.06.2018
In parts of Asia, where animal transport often happens quickly through unregulated and remote border areas, animal diseases are especially difficult to control. Because of this, and because livestock play a major role in economic growth in the region, it is important to address animal diseases that have the potential to...
27.06.2018
Some 5 000 northern Montenegrin farmers still make the traditional dried beef Crnogorska Goveđa pršuta, which, along with the Montenegrin dried and smoked sheep meat Crnogorska Stelja, is poised to receive geographical indication (GI) status, an origin-based label that signals quality, authenticity and tradition. This development is the result of work...
26.06.2018
Convenient portion sizes, uniformity in “use by” and “best before” dates, and new packaging technologies that prolong shelf life are just some of the ways in which food packaging is helping reduce food losses in high-income countries. But what about low- and medium-income countries? At the 7th Global Packaged Summit opening...
25.06.2018
Over 2.5 million hectare of forest landscape will be restored by countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia under the Bonn Challenge by 2030. The commitment was made by Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan at the first Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge in the...
22.06.2018
A team of experts from the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority of Romania (NSVFSA) participated this week in the first workshop of a series of activities aimed at strengthening the national capacities of the Republic of Moldova in assessing risks related to food safety. The five-day workshop is one...
22.06.2018
Membership in the World Trade Organization would open up new prospects for Uzbekistan, and the country is intent on moving toward that goal. At a two-day seminar starting here today, national officials, agricultural producers and many others will study the implications of WTO accession for Uzbekistan, with special attention to...
21.06.2018