In the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe concluded on May 6, ministers and senior officials from fifty countries called to discuss about better nutrition, food security and more sustainable agriculture practices in Europe and Central Asia. Improved nutrition and the promotion of pulses as food crops and as a dietary choice were underscored during the conference. Meanwhile, policies and other forms of support for family-run farms, strengthening of the agri-food trade, combating illegal fishing and support to women and youth were also emphasized.
The impact of climate change, which directly affects almost all countries in the region, on agriculture emerged as a serious concern. The FAO has promoted an approach called “climate-smart agriculture” emphasizing productivity, adaptation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.