Marchés et commerce

Europe and Central Asia

The transformation of agricultural markets as a result of political and economic transition in the post-Soviet countries was accompanied by the process of globalization and deepening trade integration both within the region and with external trade partners. Many countries joined the WTO, which helped to enhance their participation in global trade. Now the Europe and Central Asia region plays an increasingly important role as a supplier of agricultural commodities to international markets. To facilitate the formation and sharing of knowledge, as well as to make the necessary policy decisions in the development of trade potential, FAO has created the Agricultural Trade Expert Network in Europe and Central Asia as part of implementation of the Regional Initiative on Agrifood Trade and Market Integration in Europe and Central Asia.


The objectives of the Agricultural Trade Expert Network (ATEN) are to:

provide a neutral and independent platform for knowledge and experience exchange on agricultural trade issues affecting Europe and Central Asia;

enhance the quality and relevance of agricultural trade research and strengthen collaboration among experts for analysis, capacity development and other initiatives in the region;

strengthen the capacities to provide technical advice and policy recommendations to governments and the private sector; and

improve communication and information sharing on trade policy issues with the wider community.