FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia


4th North and Central Asian Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development


The Subregional SDG Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss the current situation of implementation of the SDGs in North and Central Asian countries and possible actions and solutions for the acceleration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the context of coping with the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to “build back better”. The Subregional SDG Forum’s outcomes and recommendations will feed into regional and global processes, in particular the annual Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD) and the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).

Agricultural research in the post-COVID-19 era: Can more be produced with less?


Agricultural research is central to unlock the potential of agricultural innovation and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It is essential for increasing productivity and promoting sustainable agricultural growth, and alleviating poverty. FAO is organizing a webinar focusing on Europe and Central Asia on “Agricultural research in Europe and Central Asia in the post-COVID-19 era: Can be produced more with less?”. The event will discuss information and experiences with governments and research institutes on the relevance of agricultural research and innovation in adopting and promoting new and innovative technologies for increased food production with less resources.

Impact of COVID-19 and social protection: What measures work?


Vulnerable groups have been hit hard by the current pandemic and its economic consequences, affecting people’s health, food security and nutrition, income, and employment status. As a result, countries in Europe and Central Asia have strengthened social protection programmes. The upcoming FAO webinar, the fourth in a series of regional COVID-19 webinars, will focus on practical solutions that aim to mitigate COVID-19 impacts and associated challenges, and provide opportunities through social protection measures. The discussion will examine proven ways and tools, as well as analyze strengths, weaknesses and requirements of the adopted measures relevant to rural populations.

Keeping smallholders and family farms viable through the COVID-19 pandemic


Food systems in Europe and Central Asia are under pressure by COVID-19. Food outlets and people’s mobility have been temporarily suspended, trade has been disrupted, unemployment is on the rise. Their impacts are yet to be quantified, notably in relation to smallholder agriculture that plays a pivotal role in the region. The webinar focuses on the numerous needs and constraints of smallholders and family farms in the region, highlighting the specific challenges that are further evolving due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ITU-FAO Webinar on Fostering Digital Agriculture in Europe and Central Asia


This webinar provides an opportunity to present results of the new study on the Status of Digital Agriculture in eighteen countries of Europe and Central Asia conducted jointly by FAO and ITU. At the webinar, some countries can highlight their national good practices and present the work jointly done with ITU and FAO. The event also aims at engaging new partners from the public and private sector at digital agriculture activities across the region.

Extension and advisory services on the frontline of COVID-19 response for resilient and sustainable food systems in Europe and Central Asia


Across the globe, the pandemic has generated extreme vulnerability in the agricultural sector, confronting governments with the multiple challenges of protecting human lives, and livelihoods, as well as, and ensuring sufficient food supplies and basic services for the most needy.

Lifting lockdowns – what next for food systems?


As countries ease lockdown measures, a new set of challenges emerges for food production, processing, and logistics of supply chains. Some of these can provide opportunity for growth, given that policy-makers and value chain actors play their part. To mitigate COVID-19 impacts and to open new opportunities, countries need practical solutions on a range of issues including food supply, food and nutrition security, trade and markets.