FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

FAO Regional Priority Programme

Agrifood systems in Europe and Central Asia are still deeply affected by the process of political and economic transition. The transformation of agrifood production and markets has coincided with the process of globalization and deepening trade integration both within the region and worldwide. With greater participation in global agrifood trade, the region plays an increasingly important role as a supplier of agricultural commodities and food products to international markets.
This Regional Priority Programme, implemented since 2016, consists of three main interrelated components.
The primary goal of the Regional Priority Programme on "Transforming food systems and facilitating market access and integration" is to support member countries in enhancing the agrifood trade policy environment for small- and medium-sized agricultural enterprises in pursuit of more inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems. A better trade policy environment for modern agrifood markets requires the development of capacity for trade agreements and domestic, regional and international sanitary and phytosanitary rules. Knowledge of trading partners’ requirements is essential. 

While international trade policy is usually implemented at the border, adherence to food safety, quality standards, and controls for animal and plant diseases requires the support of national systems for disease prevention and control to facilitate the safe transfer and movement of food and agricultural commodities across borders. This means that a supportive policy environment for agrifood trade encompasses not only border policies, but also policies and institutions at national and enterprise levels. Effective markets and efficient, sustainable value chains will help all actors in the production chain play their part in a cohesive food system. 
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Hybrid Event, 11/12/2023

To better understand the impact of the triple crises on food security in Europe and Central Asia and to offer pertinent guidance and support to the vulnerable countries, FAO has commissioned a study on the consequences of the current food, energy and finance crisis on food security in vulnerable countries of Europe and Central Asia. The study is a part of FAO’s Regional Technical Cooperation Pr...

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Podgorica (Montenegro), 04/09/2023 - 06/09/2023

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an intergovernmental treaty signed by over 180 countries, which aims to protect the world's plant resources from the spread and introduction of pests, and promote safe trade. The IPPC regional workshops help participants understand the regional phytosanitary realities and ch...

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Virtual Event, 24/07/2023

The next Food Systems Talk entitled “Feeding Europe in a changing climate: Challenges and opportunities for sustainable food systems transformation”, is jointly organized by the Issue-based Coalition on Sustainable Food Systems (IBC-SFS) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


Mary Kenny
Food safety and consumer protection officer
20 Kalman Imre utca
H-1054 Budapest
Tel: +36 1 8141-251


See also
Sustainable Development Goals