Food systems in Europe and Central Asia are under pressure by COVID-19. Food outlets and people’s mobility have been temporarily suspended, trade has been disrupted, unemployment is on the rise. Their impacts are yet to be quantified, notably in relation to smallholder agriculture that plays a pivotal role in the region. The webinar focuses on the numerous needs and constraints of smallholders and family farms in the region, highlighting the specific challenges that are further evolving due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through this webinar, FAO is providing a platform for sharing analyses and information. A panel of invited guests reviews the most salient characteristics of smallholder agriculture, the policy dimensions of family farming, and an overview of how food supply chains in the region have evolved since early April (based on the results of FAO’s rapid survey of key informants).
Regional Programme Leader at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Member of the European Coordination Via Campesina (Europe), Asociatia Eco Ruralis (Romania)
State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Moldova
President of the European Council of Young Farmers
AGS Agroal & Global Services, Albania
Deputy Team Leader of Albania’s Agribusiness Support Facility, Albania
Deputy of Agrarian Research Center, Ministry of Agriculture, Azerbaijan