15 Oct 2013

New publication provides an assessment of private equity funds for primary agricultural investment in the CEE and CIS region

In recent years there has been notable growth in public and private investment in primary agriculture, particularly by private equity funds. This relatively new phenomenon has led to private and quasi-private large-scale acquisitions of farmlands that often enhance efficiency and productivity while also contributing to modernizing the primary sector. As [...]

11 Oct 2013

Croatian products win Geographical Indication status

Recognition of tradition and quality to support competitiveness Mandarins from Croatia’s Neretva Valley, and sausage from the Baranja region in the east of the country, have won the right to bear the Geographical Indication (GI) status, which is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess [...]

23 Aug 2013

Review of the wheat sector and grain storage issues in Pakistan

Wheat is the largest grown grain crop in Pakistan and a main staple food, representing 40 percent of total cultivated land on 9 million hectares and 3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2009. However, yields remain low due to various constraints faced within the sector. Under the [...]

09 Jul 2013

Na zdravje! Macedonia's first wine Geographical Indication Association is registered

  Wine from the Vardar River Valley in Macedonia will soon join the exclusive club of protected appellations such as Chianti Classico and Champagne. On 21 May 2013 the first Geographical Association (GI) in Macedonia was registered, leading the way to the protection of the promising wines of the Vardar River [...]

27 Jun 2013

Boosting private-public sector cooperation to strengthen Egypt's Food Security : Unlocking Egypt's agricultural potential

Unlocking Egypt’s agricultural potential was the focus of a two-day, high-level forum “Private Sector for Food Security: Improving the Investment Climate in Egypt’s Agribusiness Sector” which ended in Cairo today.Organised by FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land [...]

15 Jun 2013

Russian Federation is taking steps towards improving quality and availability of state registration and cadastre services

Formal implementation of an ambitious Roadmap formally started on January 1, 2013 by the Russian Federation Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (RosReestr) to improve the quality and availability of state servicesin the area of cadastre and property registration across the Russian Federation. Many of the innovations and [...]

10 Jun 2013

From Bangladesh to the Philippines and Back – Increasing Participation of Farmers’ Organizations in Development

Twelve Bangladeshi farmers’ organizations leaders visited the Philippines from the 1st to 7th of June to learn from Filipino farmers’ organizations how to become more active partners in development. The delegation was hosted by PAKISAMA a national confederation of small farmers’ and fishers’ organizations in the Philippines and the Asian [...]

10 Jun 2013

FAO and Ukraine improve market transparency

FAO’s Investment Centre and the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine jointly presented improved market indicators at a meeting of G-20’s Agricultural Market Information System in Paris, April 2013 TCI established a successful partnership with Ukraine’s Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine (MAPFU) under the FAO-EBRD Project [...]

23 May 2013

First mission successfully completed on the meat value chain development project in Tajikistan

The formation of a group of livestock producers in Murghab, Tajikistan, began as the result of the first FAO mission to the site during 2 to 16 May, 2013. The project is one of the six components of the Agrarian Structures Initiative of FAO in the European and Central Asian [...]

08 May 2013

Unilateral Trust Fund (UTF) agreement confirms FAO support towards the development of Oman’s agriculture sector until 2030

In order to promote national socio-economic development, the Sultanate of Oman is looking to expand the role of the agricultural sector and its contribution towards food security, the improved management and sustainability of natural resources, and ensuring employment opportunities for Oman’s rural population, particularly youth. In March 2013, a Unilateral [...]


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