Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. 

Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

About FAO in Serbia

Cooperation between Serbia and FAO began in 2001 and has continued to grow, with Serbia providing sustained support to the achievement of FAO’s Strategic Objectives. Sustainable development, social inclusion – particularly for small farmers, and most recently also floods recovery and disaster risk management have been in the focus of their partnership.             

Shortly after the unprecedented flooding in 2014, FAO’s emergency response team was on the ground in Serbia to evaluate the damage and plan an emergency recovery operation. Delivery of support to small-scale, family-run farms got under way: FAO has helped over 32 000 beneficiaries with agricultural input (provision of crop seeds and fruit-tree saplings, fertilizer, animal feed and livestock, a variety of farming equipment, beehives and construction of greenhouses) to restart their agricultural activities. To prepare for the future, a training workshop on disaster risk reduction and management organized by FAO in Fruska Gora introduced a new National Disaster Risk Management Programme.

With financing from Luxembourg, a joint FAO/EBRD project builds on the organizations’ expertise in the development of Geographical Indications in the horticultural sector. Typical Serbian products that are GI candidates include fresh raspberries from Arilje, ajvar (pepper paste) from Kopaonik, and a unique cherry, the oblačinska višnja, named after the village of Oblačina in the south of the country.

In the area of forestry, FAO supports the assessment of current practices in road planning and construction and of the conditions of forest roads in Serbia. This project also contributes to the implementation of national policies for sustainable development, increased supply of some forest products and services, reduction of rural poverty, and to many other aims. Preparations are underway for a four-year FAO project, financed from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Activities, to be start in 2017, are aimed at long-term forest health through sustainable management.