FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in Europe and Central Asia 2018

The Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in Europe and Central Asia 2018 provides new evidence for monitoring trends in food security and nutrition within the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The in-depth analysis of progress made against Sustainable Development Goal 2 Target 2.1  and Target 2.2, as well as the state of micronutrient deficiencies...

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In today’s fast-changing world, agricultural producers need support to innovate as well as reliable sources of information, knowledge, skills and technologies along the entire value chain in farming, livestock and fish production. One of the core functions of extension and rural advisory services is to facilitate the access of farmers, their organizations and other market actors to knowledge, information and technologies/practices. To carry out these multi-faceted functions, extension profession als and their organizations need to utilize a broad range of methods and approaches. While nearly every extension and rural advisory service program and project has developed guidelines on how to use and evaluate extension methods and approaches, there is a lack of detailed information and guidance... 


The proposed Carbon Sequestration through Climate Investment in Forests and Rangelands in the Kyrgyz Republic (CS-FOR) in Kyrgyzstan project supports the Government of Kyrgyzstan by contributing to the development of a low carbon emission and climate-resilient economy. The project objective is to intervene in key hot spots of target areas with adapted forest and pasture investments and to clearly transform management of pasture and forest resources at the national and local levels to ecosystem-based sustainable natural resource management (NRM) by enhancing an integrated and participatory approach, which is adaptive to climate change and responsive to needs of local communities. 


Rural crafts represent a necessary component of agriculture in which rural women play a key role. International experience demonstrates that rural crafts can make a significant contribution to the household economy and to the export potential countries. FAO and CACAARI document with this study a value chain analysis of some rural crafts in Uzbekistan with the purpose of exploring and developing marketing strategies, increasing income in the rural population, enhancing gender equality, and developing partnerships. The study focuses on a gender sensitive value chain analysis of the basket weaving sector and handicraft products made from goat wool in Uzbekistan.


Gender equality is a key to eliminating poverty and hunger, as it has been demonstrated by the FAO throughout its research worldwide. As part of the FAO efforts on generating evidence and knowledge, and in compliance with the FAO Policy on Gender Equality, the purpose of the Country Gender Assessment for Uzbekistan is to contribute to the production of knowledge for better informed, targeted and gender sensitive actions in agriculture and rural development. It has been produced as it is required in the FAO Policy on Gender Equality, and was validated in a high-level national workshop with representatives from the government, civil society, international organizations, academia and ambassadors.

 

 


This publication is in line with the SDG brochure produced by HQ (Food and Agriculture key to achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development). However, there was a need to have a targeted publication on the Europe and Central Asia region to raise awareness on the importance of food and agriculture for SDG achievement and on how FAO's work is already contributing to the SDGs (providing concrete country examples). This is the specific value added of the brochure.


Agroecology pays careful attention to the design of diversified systems that selectively combine annual and perennial crops, livestock and aquatic animals, trees, soils, water and other components on farms and agricultural landscapes to enhance synergies in the context of an increasingly changing climate. Agroecology seeks to address gender inequalities by creating opportunities for women. Globally, women make up almost half of the agricultural workforce.