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Agricultural systems in Europe and Central Asia are still deeply affected by the process of political and economic transition.

The transformation of agricultural production and markets has coincided with the process of globalization and deepening trade integration both within the region and worldwide.

With greater participation in global agricultural trade, the region plays an increasingly important role as a supplier of agricultural commodities to international markets.

Improving Agrifood Trade and Market Integration 2016-2017

An FAO Regional Initiative

The Regional Initiative has three main components:

Trade agreements

Global standards

Export diversification

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The primary goal of the Regional Initiative on Agrifood Trade and Market Integration is to support member countries in enhancing the agrifood trade policy environment for small and medium-sized enterprises. A better trade policy environment for modern agrifood markets requires the development of capacity for both trade agreements and domestic food safety and quality standards. The Initiative consists of three main components to support the sharing of ideas, experiences and solutions across interventions.

COUNTRIES IN FOCUS: Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

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.

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