FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
            A study tour brought representatives of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and North Macedonia to Hungary to learn...
            Single-use cutlery pollutes our oceans and takes thousands of years to decompose in landfills and...
            Sharing regional experiences and best practices on land consolidation, land banking, and land abandonment will...
            It was one of those days when Ylvi ?engaj was working intensively in the village...

            Regional Initiatives

            Photo: ?FAO/Sergey Kozmin

            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.

            ?FAO/Anatolii Stepanov

            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.

            Photo: ?FAO/Dorin Goian

            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.

            Photo: ?FAO/Albert Gonzalez Farran

            FAO’s responses to the crisis in Ukraine and its impacts on global food security: data analyses, policy recommendations, and actions on the ground.

            Stories from the field

            Photo: ?FAO/Dinara Bekmagambetoga

            Kazakhstan joins the FAO initiative on improving pesticide lifecycle management and elimination of persistent organic pollutants, implemented in Central Asia and Turkey. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

            The presence of obsolete and unusable pesticides and their chemical identification is one of the acute problems in Kazakhstan’s agriculture.

            Photo: ?FAO/Narine Bezirganyan

            Life in the rural areas of Armenia has perks but has never been easy. Around one-third of villagers live below the poverty line. This situation has been further exacerbated by COVID-19, which has imposed greater financial challenges by restricting the opportunities for trade and seasonal work abroad. 

            Photo: ?FAO

            In the last two years, FAO and the European Union (EU) awarded a total amount of circa USD 5.1 million as a matching grant to the agricultural producers in Georgia. The grant support co-funds various capital investments in Georgia’s agriculture sector to increase competitiveness, create extra jobs, and ensure stability in food supplies.