FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
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Political and economic transition has had a profound impact on the agroecological systems and societies of Europe and Central Asia.

Here, FAO works with Members and partners for the eradication of food insecurity, malnutrition and rural poverty, for sustainable management of natural resources, and to ensure that agriculture contributes its full potential to national economies. 

With these needs in mind, Member Governments have agreed to prioritize actions under three Regional Initiatives. 

Regional Initiatives

The initiatives provide an integrated approach to addressing priority issues, and guide the implementation of country programmes.

Empowering smallholders, family farms and youth through inclusive rural transformation, digitalization and innovation

This Initiative is aimed mainly at eliminating rural poverty, improving the resilience of rural populations and especially smallholders, and inclusive growth for rural economies through sustainable use of natural resources and development of commercial family farms. The work focuses equally on sustainable production and social, economic and environmental aspects. Inclusiveness with respect to gender and vulnerable groups is fundamental.

Transforming food systems and facilitating market access and integration

The goal of this initiative is to support member countries in enhancing the agrifood trade policy environment for small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises, with a view to developing more inclusive and efficient agrifood systems. The initiative’s three main components are: developing capacity for negotiating trade agreements, meeting domestic, regional and global food safety and quality standards, and supporting domestic markets and export diversification. The initiative works both at the policy and the enterprise level.

Managing natural resources sustainably and preserving biodiversity in a changing climate

Under this Regional Initiative, FAO assists countries to manage their natural resources sustainably, while also coping with climate change and reducing the risk of disasters affecting agriculture, forestry and fisheries. As countries work to transition to more climate-resilient, sustainable agriculture and food systems, FAO supports their efforts by implementing targeted projects and helping them access environmental climate financing from sources such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).