27 Oct 2014

Setting Serbian fruit produce apart from the bunch

Faced with increasing competition on the EU market and more demanding local consumers, stakeholders across the entire horticultural chain in Serbia will need to improve product quality to make a difference on both domestic and export markets. One interesting way for differentiating quality products and protecting their names is through [...]

24 Oct 2014

High stakes for Ukrainian soils: combating erosion with Conservation Agriculture practices

Ukraine is renowned as the breadbasket of Europe thanks to its black Chernozem soils that offer exceptional agronomic conditions, due to its high composition of organic matter. However, its benefits are being threatened by increasing soil erosion, which has been exacerbated by excessive land tillage and negative impacts of climate [...]

30 Sep 2014

France and Ukraine work together to grow at the Fifth Ukrainian Grain Congress in Paris, 8-10 September 2014

The Fifth Ukrainian Grain Congress launched its first round from 8 to 10 September 2014 in Paris, France. A Ukrainian delegation composed of agribusiness executives, representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, industry associations, non-governmental organizations, and market experts were exposed to the mechanics of French [...]

05 Aug 2014

The EBRD and FAO support Serbia’s sour cherries

Serbia’s sour cherry, the oblačinska višnja, to benefit from Geographical Indication status FAO is working with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to introduce geographical indication status for food products in Serbia, starting with a unique cherry grown in the south of the country. The cherry in question, the oblačinska [...]

14 Jul 2014

Linking past and present in the Balkans: promotion of traditional products with modern tools

The Terra Madre Balkans network, with its more than 1500 members, kicked off its third meeting with an opening ceremony held on 19 June at the University of Dubrovnik in Croatia. The event was organized with the support of Slow Food and attended by over 200 delegates from 11 countries [...]

30 Jun 2014

Study tour on Quality Labels in France for Serbian meat producers - 1 to 6 June 2014

Raising standards in Serbia's meat sector for a bigger slice of the market Improving the quality and safety of Serbian meat products is a key ingredient for gaining consumer confidence and cracking a wider market.  With this in mind, FAO Investment Centre and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with [...]

19 Jun 2014

Investing in Food Quality Matters

The world needs to meet growing demand for food as well as meet consumers’ expectations of food quality and safety By Emmanuel Hidier and Gilles Mettetal Agricultural producers all over the world face two massive challenges: to raise production and increase farm yields to meet a growing demand while respecting the environment, [...]

18 Jun 2014

Producing more, safer and better-quality food, June 2014

2014 EastAgri Annual Meeting in Belgrade Leading agricultural producers and experts will gather for the Annual Meeting of the EastAgri network to discuss how to raise both the quality and quantity of food products in Europe and Central Asia. Responding to growing consumer demand for quality products is increasingly important for [...]

23 Apr 2014

Large-scale investments in the agribusiness sector in Tajikistan

The FAO Investment Centre Division (TCI) will be responsible for capacity development and project preparation under a new USD 0.54 million unilateral trust fund (UTF) signed by FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of the Republic of Tajikistan. The Investment Centre, in collaboration with FAO’s country office, will prepare the [...]

07 Apr 2014

New report analyzes agricultural sector support and taxation in Jamaica

Economic growth in Jamaica is driven by three primary industries, the smallest being agriculture. Agriculture accounts for a declining share of GDP and employment but is still a key factor of rural life in Jamaica. The role of agriculture in the economy is rapidly evolving, with climate change and risky [...]


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