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  • June 5, 2017

    Perspective on Serbian meat quality by Emmanuel Hidier

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    Serbian Meat Quality

    Perspective on Serbian meat quality by Emmanuel Hidier

  • November 16, 2016

    Strengthening Ukraine’s Dairy Sector

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    Strengthening Ukraine’s Dairy Sector

    Ukraine represents one of the most fertile agriculture regions of the world and is traditionally a net exporter of milk and dairy products.

  • March 1, 2016

    Info Biz television interview on food quality with Emmanuel Hidier

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    Food Quality with Emmanuel Hidier

    Info Biz television interview on food quality with Emmanuel Hidier of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Republished with kind permission of TV N1 - CNN exclusive news channel affiliate.

  • July 16, 2015

    Georgia: Farming for the Future

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    Georgia: Farming for the Future

    Georgia’s dairy farmers face huge challenges to modernise and increase production – not least following the signing of a free trade agreement with Europe. The EBRD, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations are on board to lend a hand.

  • September 25, 2014

    Best Food: How to Produce Both Quality and Quantity in Europe and Central Asia

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    2014 EastAgri Annual Meeting

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    FAO and the EBRD are organizing the 2014 EastAgri Annual Meeting to bring together International Financing Institutions, banks, agribusiness companies and policy-makers to discuss innovative approaches to fostering investment that help food chains meet higher quality and environmental standards.

  • August 5, 2014

    Supporting Serbia's Sour Cherry Production

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    Supporting Serbia's Sour Cherry Production

    The EBRD and FAO are working together to introduce geographical indication status for a range of food products in Serbia, beginning with the local sour cherry.

  • February 18, 2014

    Russia's Far East: pathway to sustainable forest industry (EN)

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    Russia's Far East: pathway to sustainable forest industry (EN)

    The forests of Russia's Far East play a crucial role in stabilizing global climate and may largely contribute to the global wood products market. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have joined forces to promote viable forestry investment and innovation in the region based on sustainable use of forest resources.

  • February 18, 2014

    Russia's Far East: pathway to sustainable forest industry (RUS)

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    Дальний Восток России: путь к устойчивой лесной инду...

    Лесные ресурсы Дальнего Востока России играют ключевую роль в стабилизации глобального климата и могут в значительной степени способствовать развитию мирового рынка лесной продукции. Европейский банк реконструкции и развития («ЕБРР») и Продовольственная и сельскохозяйственная организация ООН («ФАО») объединили свои усилия для содействия привлечению инвестиций и инноваций в лесную отрасль Дальнего Востока России на основе устойчивого использования лесных ресурсов.

  • December 12, 2013

    EBRD FAO Private Sector for Food Security Initiative

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    EBRD FAO Private Sector for Food Security Initiative

    With food security at the top of policy maker's agendas, the EBRD and FAO have launched the Private Sector for Food Security Initiative. To match population growth, global food production will need to grow 60% by 2050. The FAO says this will take more than USD 80 billion in new investments annually. This can't happen without greater private sector engagement.

  • October 11, 2013

    Croatia Terroirs - Geographical Indications

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    Croatia Terroirs - Geographical Indications

    A joint FAO and EBRD programme has led to mandarins from Croatia's Neretva Valley and sausage from the Baranja region in the east of the country winning the right to bear the Geographical Indication (GI) status - a mark for goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities, reputation or characteristics that are essentially attributable to that origin — boosting their competitiveness in the European market.

  • October 7, 2013

    Croatia's traditional food products: when terroirs go global

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    Croatia's traditional food products: when terroirs go global

    Mandarins from Croatia's Neretva Valley and kulen sausage from the Baranja region in the east of the country have won recognition as Geographical Indications (GIs), a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities, reputation or characteristics that are essentially attributable to that origin.

    The successful registration is the result of a joint FAO/EBRD project to develop GIs in Croatia and strengthen backward linkages. With the support of a large Croatian agribusiness company and the Ministry of Agriculture, groups of farmers were organised, standards created and the GIs officially registered over the course of just three years.

  • October 3, 2013

    Baranjski kulen dobiva zaštitu proizvoda sa zemljopisnim oznakama

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    Baranjski kulen dobiva zaštitu proizvoda sa zemljopisnim oznakama

    Kulenova kobasica iz područja Baranje na istoku Hrvatske dobiva zaštitu proizvoda sa zemljopisnom oznakom (ZO), znakom što se upotrebljava za proizvode koji imaju posebno zemljopisno podrijetlo te koji posjeduju kakvoću, ugled ili značajke koje se zapravo mogu pripisati tom podrijetlu. Upisivanje proizvoda po imenu kao zemljopisnom oznakom predstavlja učinkovit način prenošenja kakvoće, sigurnosti i tradicije potrošačima. U sklopu procesa upisivanja, okupila se skupina proizvođača kulena i utvrdila službene standarde. Ovi će standardi zaštiti njihov ugled i dodati vrijednost njihovim proizvodima. Njihovo uspješno upisivanje plod je zajedničkog projekta FAO-a/EBRD-a za razvijanje zemljopisnih oznaka u Hrvatskoj i osnaživanja medjusobnih poveznica.

  • October 3, 2013

    Neretvanske mandarine dobivaju zaštitu proizvoda sa zemljopisnim...

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    Neretvanske mandarine dobivaju zaštitu proizvoda sa zemljopisnim...

    Mandarine iz doline Neretve u Hrvatskoj dobile su zaštitu zemljopisne oznake (ZO), znaka što se upotrebljava na proizvodima koji imaju posebno zemljopisno podrijetlo te kakvoću, ugled ili značajke koje se zapravo mogu pripisati tom podrijetlu. Upisivanje proizvoda imenom kao zemljopisnom oznakom predstavlja učinkovit način prenošenja kakvoće, sigurnosti i tradicije potrošačima. U sklopu procesa upisivanja, skupine proizvođača Neretvanskih mandarina okupile su se i utvrdile službene standarde. Ovi će standardi zaštiti njihov ugled i dodati vrijednost proizvodima. Njihovo uspješno upisivanje ishod je zajedničkog projekta FAO-a/EBRD-a za razvoj zemljopisnih oznaka u Hrvatskoj i osnaživanja medjusobnih poveznica.

  • October 1st 2012

    Innovative financing mechanisms: Grain warehouse receipts

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    Emmanuel Hidier, Senior Economist in the Investment Centre, discusses innovative financing mechanisms and potential benefits for farmers. FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have been working together on the implementation of Grain Warehouse Receipts (GWR) systems in transition countries including Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. GWR systems require a solid legal system to protect both farmers and creditors and inspire confidence. In addition to GWRs, FAO and the EBRD are investigating other innovative financing mechanisms such as whether pre-harvest financing tools that have seen success in Brazil can also be introduced in transition countries.

  • December 7th 2011

    Improving the lives of rural people through RESCAD project, Armenia

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    Improving the lives of rural people through RESCAD project, Armenia

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    Financed by the World Bank, the Rural Enterprise and Small-Scale Commercial Agricultural Development (RESCAD) project, selected to receive an ‘Improving Lives of People in ECA’ award by the World Bank in 2010, supports Armenia’s small and medium-size rural businesses by helping farmers and rural business owner’s access markets and by promoting private and public sector investment in rural areas. Investment Centre staff at the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) played fundamental roles in designing and providing continuous support throughout the implementation of the project, which was one of 12 selected for the award – and one of just four agricultural projects. David Lugg, Senior Agricultural Officer, explains how the various components of the project had an impact on the livelihoods of the people.

  • November 2nd 2011

    Grain warehouse receipts in Serbia

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    Grain warehouse receipts in Serbia

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    Grain warehouse receipt systems in many transition countries, including Kazakhstan and Bulgaria, are being assisted by The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The establishment of the core legislation in Serbia was initially supposed by USAID and the United nations Development Programme. Together, the FAO and EBRD implemented a project strengthening the institutions involved in the Serbian system, in particular the grain inspectorate and the indemnity fund, through trainings, creation of manuals, study tours, and other methods. This video explains how grain warehouse receipts give farmers a better chance to finance their business by using the most tangible guarantee they can offer: the commodity they produce.

  • April 20th 2011

    RuralInvest - a multilingual toolkit

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    RuralInvest - a multilingual toolkit

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    RuralInvest was created 15 years ago to assist countries in designing successful projects for rural development. Aidan Gulliver, Senior Economist, Illustrates how the Investment Centre of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has developed a multilingual toolkit with training courses, manuals and custom developed software primarily targeted for field staff from ministries of agriculture, NGOs, local banks and private sector entities. RuralInvest can be used for both income-generating activities and social investments and has proven successful in projects in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Recently the guides were also produced in Russian to assist Central Asian countries as well.

  • November 1st 2010

    Better seeds, higher yields: enhancing Kazakhstan’s sunflower oil sector

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    Better seeds, higher yields: enhancing Kazakhstan’s sunflower oil sector

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    The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the European bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) worked together in Kazakhstan to review the sunflower oil sector and help increase sunflower yields by providing technical assistance and facilitating relationships between the oilseed processing industry and local farmers. The combination of technical expertise and the utilization of sunflower seed hybrids has the potential to increase yields in spite of environmental limitations in the region. This video provides an overview of the project.

  • October 1st 2010

    EastAgri – where networking matters

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    EastAgri – where networking matters

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    EastAgri is a network of public and private institutions investing in agriculture and agribusiness in 30 countries across Central Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe. As these countries face the challenges of transitioning to market-driven economies, EastAgri improves collaboration among its members to promote more efficient investment operations in the region’s agriculture sector. Its membership includes International Financial Institutions (IFIs), private banks, ministries of agriculture, donors, universities and other institutions. EastAgri was co-founded in 2002 by the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). It is managed by FAO’s Investment Centre.

  • June 1st 2010

    Management of natural parks in mountainous areas: transferring know-how from Italy to Montenegro

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    Management of natural parks in mountainous areas: transferring know-how from Italy to Montenegro

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    The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO’s) Investment Centre organized a study tour for a group of representatives from Montenegro to visit Italy and see how mountain areas and natural parks can be managed and developed through farming and off-farming activities. Italy has a long history of protected areas and the participants visited the most significant Italian mountains (Gran Sasso, South Tyrol, Aosta Valley) and their natural parks. Meetings with local authorities as well as field visits provided examples of good practices for income generating activities and sustainable environmental policies in agrofood, forestry, animal husbandry and tourism sectors. Watch this video to learn more about this capacity-building activity.

  • May 25th 2010

    Geographical indications: creaming off the best of tradition

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    Geographical indications: creaming off the best of tradition

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    Dairy experts from the Russian Federation visited Italy to find out more about Geographical Indications (GIs) and how they can increase sales of traditional agricultural products. Italy has the largest number of GIs in Europe, one of which is the famed Parmigiano Reggiano. Russia also has traditional cheese with unique features specific to certain areas, such as the Altay region. In these areas the GI approach could be an effective way to add value to the local production.

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