FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
Reflecting nutritional challenges in Europe and Central Asia, the Forty-Second Session of the European Commission...
An effort to improve animal health in Central Asia that started in March 2019 concluded...
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Regional Initiatives

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As economic reforms in the 1990s shifted land ownership into the hands of private smallholders, family farmers became the predominant source of agricultural production in the region. To address the absence of well-developed institutional support, FAO is implementing a Regional Initiative on Empowering Smallholders, Family Farms and Youth for Improved Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction.

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While international trade policy is usually implemented at the border, adherence to food safety and quality standards concerns national food safety systems as well as food safety and quality control at the enterprise level. This means that a supportive policy environment for modern agrifood trade encompasses not only border policies, but also policies and institutions at the national and enterprise level.

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The impact of climate change can already be felt on food production systems in the region, posing considerable challenges for agricultural production and food security. FAO is helping countries to manage their natural resources sustainably, preserving biodiversity, while also coping with climate change and reducing the risk of disasters affecting agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Our work

In their pursuit to ensure an equitable and sustainable future, governments can rely on FAO expertise in food and agriculture. Responding to the needs of Europe and Central Asia, the Organization is offering support in many specific areas.

Stories from the field

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A meeting today concludes an FAO project on African swine fever (ASF) emergency preparedness in the Balkans and also allows countries and partners to discuss the achievements and potential future follow-up activities in the five beneficiary countries (Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia)

The project and the meeting itself are a clear sign that despite the limitations in travel and face-to-face meeting due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, FAO continues to bring together relevant actors in online occasions to discuss African swine fever – a lethal, viral, transboundary animal disease of domestic pigs and wild boar, against which there is no treatment or vaccine.

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With the aim to ensure inclusive economic growth by supporting the most vulnerable families in rural areas of Tajikistan, the signing ceremony of the matching grant agreements and cash distribution takes place these days in Tajikistan’s western Yovon district. The initiative was supported by FAO and the local authority of the district under a multi-country project, funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

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A year before the country was faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, Tahmina Isayeva from Zaqatala district in northwest Azerbaijan started a small business of drying fruits in her kitchen.

“In the beginning it was my hobby to preserve fruits by drying them.”says Tahmina.