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Farmers are facing growing pressure to provide an increasing amount of healthy and nutritious food...
Thirty Syrian workers start new jobs today at the Dağcıoğlu Baharat red pepper production factory...
In our interconnected, globalized world, trade can provide consumers a wide variety of safe and...
Installing solar panels on foresters’ houses and educating children and youth on sustainability and environmental...

Regional Initiatives

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 and Family Farms for Improved Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction.

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, while also coping with climate change and reducing the risk of disasters affecting agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Stories from the field

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A two-day conference on efficient production and marketing of Georgian fruits and berries concludes today in Tbilisi.

Attracting producers from Georgia, the event focused on helping local growers take advantage of numerous investment and market opportunities, both locally and internationally, by sharing best practices in apple, pear and berry production, storage, freezing, handling and marketing.

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Reducing the risk of incursions and improving preparation for the rapid detection and control of African swine fever in the Balkan countries is the main topic of the four-day FAO workshop finishing today in Belgrade.

African swine fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease that kills up to 100 percent of infected animals, both pigs and wild boars. It poses no risks to human health but has the potential to devastate rural livelihoods and jeopardize food security and trade in affected regions.

Photo: ©FAO/Oleksandr Zhuravel

10 training courses on sustainable management of natural resources in the forest-steppe and steppe zones of Ukraine to provide aid in achieving neutral level of land degradation

The problem of land degradation is crucial for Ukraine, as it affects 20 percent of the country’s arable land, or 6.5 million ha in total.