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How can FAO assist in improving social protection for rural communities in Europe and Central Asia?

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FAO. 2022. How can FAO assist in improving social protection for rural communities in Europe and Central Asia? Budapest.



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    FAO’s Strategic Framework (2022–2031) envisages the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind. In this scope, FAO promotes inclusive economic growth by reducing inequalities between urban and rural areas, rich and poor countries, men and women to attain a better life for all. This report analyses the specific risks and vulnerabilities faced by rural populations in Europe and Central Asia. It highlights the gaps and barriers concerning social protection in the region, which present challenges for addressing the specific vulnerabilities of rural populations and helping them to better manage risks. The report discusses how social protection programmes should be designed and financed to contribute to more inclusive rural transformation processes, improved nutrition and dietary outcomes, women’s empowerment, and other social issues such as child labour. In this scope, the report specifies key entry points for FAO to improve social protection for rural populations in the region. The report concludes that, especially in the post-pandemic period, expanding the coverage, adequacy and comprehensiveness of social protection for rural populations is key to addressing food security and nutrition, rural poverty, developing agriculture, and building resilient and sustainable food systems in Europe and Central Asia.
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    FAO in Europe and Central Asia 2023 2024
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    FAO’s work globally and in the Europe and Central Asia region is guided by the FAO Strategic Framework 2022–2031, which articulates the Organization’s vision of a sustainable and food-secure world for all. The Strategic Framework seeks to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind. With the Strategic Framework and the four betters as a lens, this report reviews and describes the project and the programme work of the Organization at the regional level and in each of the FAO programme countries of the region. For the Europe and Central Asia region, the year 2023 was marked by the tests of war, conflicts and natural disasters. The year began with the 6 February earthquake in Türkiye and Syria – the most severe to occur in Türkiye in a century – that directly affected an estimated 9.1 million people in the 11 hardest-hit provinces, and caused great loss of life. Additionally, the war in Ukraine continued to disrupt domestic, regional and world food markets and displace great numbers of people. The region also experienced extreme weather events. This report summarizes FAO’s achievements and accomplishments in Europe and Central Asia in 2023, including work to increase social protection, ensure climate action, improve conditions for youth and women and implement solutions based on science, innovation and digitalization. The first section of this report interprets FAO’s work in countries and regionally through the lens of the four betters, while the second summarizes the work completed in each country in 2023 and outlines ongoing efforts.The report captures snapshots of FAO's work in the Europe and Central Asia region. Short entries cover such topics as FAO's work on agrifood systems transformation, the digital and green transformation of agriculture to increase sustainable resilience, land banking and consolidation, the Digital Villages Initiative, Farmer Field Schools, precision agriculture, the One Health approach, fish health management, the One Country One Priority Product initiative, reduction of food loss and waste, women's empowerment and gender equity, youth empowerment, the Hand-in-Hand Initative, food systems controls, climate change action, mainstreaming biodiversity, the regional seed programme, management of agrichemicals, an overview of the fruit and vegetable sector of the Eurasian Economic Union, Agricultural Market Information and strengthening agrifood policy and market developments and resource mobililization.
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    Country Programming Framework for Palestine 2023–2025 2023
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    Guided by FAO Strategic Framework 2022–2031, FAO Palestine seeks to contribute towards Agenda 2030 by developing healthy, sustainable, and inclusive food systems to achieve the 4-Betters - Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment, and Better Life. This CPF outlines the priority areas for FAO’s partnership with the Government of Palestine (GoP) for 2023-2025. It is fully aligned with the national priorities as reflected in the National Agricultural Sector Strategy (NASS) and is fully consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2025 (UNSDCF) for Palestine. The CPF will contribute to strengthening policies, institutions, and investments for agrifood systems transformation within the scope of the NASS and the National Policy Food and Nutrition Security Policy. CPF design follows a fourfold rationale: fostering transformative dynamics: fostering wellbeing-enhancing dynamics, and coping with wellbeing-deteriorating dynamics; promoting inclusiveness: in a context featuring many types of exclusions, leaving no one behind, primarily the most vulnerable groups. Ensuring sustainability in a context of limited and often overexploited natural resources; building resilience: in a fragile and protracted crisis context, any intervention must include a resilience-building component. The 11 result areas of the CPF are: supporting policies, and legal frameworks and enabling a business environment, increasing public investments in infrastructure, increasing private investments in sustainable innovations, improving employability and access to decent, green, and sustainable income opportunities, increase productivity, competitiveness, and sustainability of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, startups and social enterprises, integrate climate resilience and environmental sustainability in gender-inclusive land tenure, spatial planning, strengthening systems, policies and plans for more sustainable management of conventional and non-conventional water resources, strengthening inclusive green and climate-smart agrifood systems through enhanced food safety systems, improving sustainable and resilient agriculture-based livelihoods of the most vulnerable, strengthening capacities of communities, local authorities and national government institutions in disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction and management.

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