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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.

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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. 


The economic empowerment of rural women is critical for the continuing improvement of agriculture and further development of the rural sector. Increased participation of women in value-added productive activities requires an understanding of all of the barriers that limit their participation along the value chains. Addressing these barriers can transform women’s role in this sector and catalyse their economic empowerment. This study was conducted to contribute to the generation of knowledge for informed policies and interventions, which can close the gender gap in rural areas in order to strengthen the livelihoods of rural populations, reduce poverty and generate sustainable rural development in Albania. 


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The publication is mainly for scientific workers and undergraduates, doctoral students in the field of plant protection and selection. It is of practical value for farmers, large commodity producers, plant protection workers. It details the main methods of integrated protection of wheat from major diseases, monitoring methods, prognosis, backgrounds for the evaluation of breeding material. The book is illustrated with color photographs, graphs, diagrams.


This publication looks at the benefits of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) when placed in the hands of men and women working in agriculture and in rural areas. It examines the challenges to be overcome and makes recommendations so that rural communities can take full and equal advantage of the technologies. FAO’s E-agriculture 10 Year Review Report on implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) of the Action Line C7.