Home > Region_collector > Europe and Central Asia > Resources
FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Regional Initiatives for Europe and Central Asia

FAO ’s three Regional Initiatives for Europe and Central Asia address interlinked issues to ensure the contribution of agriculture to achieve the universality of the Sustainable Development Goals. For this reason, technical teams in the region and at FAO headquarters work in close collaboration to support countries in achieving  their goals.

(View online)

Publications and multimedia resources

Latest publications

FAO has continuously demonstrated within its work that gender equality is not simply a matter of human rights, but is key to eliminating poverty and hunger. It is only by closing the gender gap that sustainable agriculture and rural development can reach their full potential. Consequently, FAO is committed to promoting gender equality in all of its interventions, as well as by building knowledge, identifying promising practices and widely disseminating these among member states and national partners. This publication focuses on case studies from five member countries of the European Union (EU). These illustrate how gender equality issues can be addressed in agriculture and rural development policies (including fisheries and aquaculture, forestry and livestock), programmes and practices. 

The report highlights that food loss and waste in the Europe and Central Asia region is not addressed in a uniform way. The report recommends to conduct more farmers’ trainings in harvesting techniques and improving access to infrastructure and markets (especially for smallholders). Companies and service providers in cold value chains should be supported in handling and increasing capacities. One of the highlighted challenges is a matter of connecting rural producers with logistics centres. Better integration of smallholder farmers into value chains is needed. 

Available in Russian
Несмотря на то, что сельскохозяйственный сектор в отношении ВВП в различных странах Европы и Центральной Азии сильно различается и наблюдается тенденция к понижению, сектор играет важную роль в улучшении условий жизни сельского населения и предотвращении миграции населения в города, особенно молодежи. Стратегия электронного сельского хозяйства может выстелить дорогу для мер политики, чтобы перебороть технический раскол в сельской местности и обеспечить равноправные возможности для жителей села, как мужчин, так и женщин, молодых и старых, к доступу у ИКТ, ускоряя темпы инновации, повышая доходы и возможности найти работу.

While countries in Europe and Central Asia have made significant progress reducing the prevalence of undernourishment, 14.3 million people still experience severe food insecurity. Malnutrition – in one or more of its three main forms – is present throughout the region. Demand for food is growing, consumption patterns are changing and urbanization is accelerating. The effects of climate change pose considerable challenges to agricultural production. The Sustainable Development Goals provide a fra mework for assessing and tackling these challenges and monitoring progress. Currently only a few countries have policy frameworks that address all four pillars of food security – availability, access, utilization and stability. To end all forms of malnutrition by 2030, countries will need to exercise strong political will and make financial commitments to meeting the targets. 

FAO in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan organized the International Conference on Development of Organic Agriculture in Central Asia during 22-24 August 2017 within the framework the project TCP/UZB/3501. The major objectives were to bring together experiences in Central Asian and neighboring countries, discuss locally adapted systems and best practices and finally to initiate a network to allow future cooperation. The Conference was attended by researchers, extensionists, representative of civil society organizations, farmers’ organizations and private companies as well as practitioners. The Proceedings of the Conference aims to compile the data collected during the Conference and archive for future. The Proceeding of the Conference will surely provide the initial information.

Agriculture and food industry sectors have a major importance for the Moldovan economy. The Republic of Moldova has one of the highest share of rural population among the countries in Europe and Central Asia, and its agriculture sector significantly contributes to the country’s gross domestic product.

This work is a part of a series of studies on the value chain development gaps and the environment for doing business for farmers. The goal of this study is to try to consolidate the information on countrywide value chain development gathered from various open sources and based on materials developed in a field mission by FAO officers with an emphasis on the plum and berry value chains.