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North Macedonia has reached an important milestone in the sustainable management of its forests. With...
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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.

Photo: ?FAO/Robert Atanasovski

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

Photo: ?FAO/Carly Learson

Thirty Syrian workers start new jobs today at the Da?c?o?lu Baharat red pepper production factory in Kahramanmara?, Turkey. They were hired by the factory’s owner, Mehmet Da?c?, at the conclusion of a job fair in Kilis in mid-March.

The job fair was part of a project implemented by FAO and Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and funded by the Government of Japan. The “Resilience Building via Increased Livelihoods Opportunities and Strengthened Social Cohesion for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities” project provides Syrian refugees and Turkish citizens in host communities with vocational training to help them obtain new jobs and income sources in the agrifood sector.

Photo: ?FAO

Installing solar panels on foresters’ houses and educating children and youth on sustainability and environmental protection – these are two recent ways in which Kyrgyzstan, together with FAO, has set about upscaling its sustainable forest management.

Solar panels are gaining popularity as an affordable and clean source of energy, and now, they are bringing electricity to Kyrgyz foresters. Earlier this month, FAO supported the installation of solar panels on houses in eight pilot forestry enterprises throughout the country.

Photo: ?FAO/Robert Atanasovski

Despite that North Macedonia is a net importer of poultry meat, the country has a long tradition of broiler production.