23 Nov 2016

EBRD, FAO promote fruit exports and retail trade in Moldova

23 November 2016, Chisinau, Moldova – Greater efficiency in Moldova’s fruit and vegetable production and trade is the goal of a joint effort by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – in collaboration with Moldova National Federation [...]

17 Nov 2016

FAO, EBRD and local partners discuss grain market transparency in Kazakhstan

Conference in Astana debates challenges and opportunities for this country’s globally significant market    17 November 2016, Astana, Kazakhstan –Currently the world’s eighth-largest wheat exporter, Kazakhstan can expect to benefit from a projected increase in global consumption of wheat over the next 10 years. But before the country can reach its [...]

11 Nov 2016

Supporting Southern Africa in agricultural investment planning

In Swaziland in July 2016, SADC Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security adopted the Regional Agricultural Investment Plan (RAIP, 2017-2022) of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The investment plan, with a total budget of USD 1.3 billion, will operationalize the SADC Regional Agriculture Policy that was approved in [...]

08 Nov 2016

Promoting traditional products: Montenegrin producers learn from Croatia and Italy

Ensuring the highest level of quality and food safety standards in the meat sector are key to differentiate the Montenegrin product and to remain competitive and expand into the European Union market. In August, FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) organized a study tour to Croatia and [...]

08 Nov 2016

Making Tajikistan’s fresh produce supply chains more efficient and profitable

Fruit and vegetables are a major source of income for rural households in mountainous Tajikistan – and essential for healthy diets. Fresh produce such as sweet cherries, onions and table grapes make up an important share of the country’s agricultural exports. The potential to supply domestic retail and export markets remains [...]

28 Oct 2016

FAO and IFAD partnership focus of new brochure

FAO’s longstanding partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is the subject of a new brochure highlighting the Complementarity and Cooperation between the two organizations. While the two Rome-based agencies have different specialties, they have been teaming up for nearly 40 years to free the world from hunger, poverty [...]

26 Oct 2016

Increasing competitiveness in Serbia's dairy sector through improved quality and efficiency

On 24 October, the Second Serbian Dairy Congress gathered farmers, milk processors, animal health specialists, industry experts, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Serbia, academia, FAO and EBRD, to discuss how to improve the competitiveness of the Serbian dairy sector through better milk quality, higher production [...]

19 Oct 2016

Investing in sustainable food systems and greener agribusiness

“Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too” was the overarching message of World Food Day 2016. This year’s event at FAO headquarters in Rome brought together government representatives and high-level experts to examine emerging issues related to climate change and food security, and explore ways to make agriculture and [...]

21 Sep 2016

Stronger, greener and more inclusive food value chains in the Mediterranean

Investing in sustainable agrifood value chains and inclusive agribusiness in the Mediterranean region was the focus of a high-level forum on 21 September 2016 in the Albanian capital, Tirana. The event was hosted by FAO’s Investment Centre, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Center for Advanced [...]

09 Sep 2016

Developing farmer field school capacity in Laos under an IFAD-FAO Initiative

FAO worked closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Laos, local agricultural authorities and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop the capacity of a core group of trainers to establish farmer field schools in the country. The two-year initiative was part of the IFAD-funded "Community-Based [...]

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