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FAO in Montenegro

Making sure people everywhere have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives – universal food security – lies at the heart of FAO’s efforts. 

In Montenegro, the current FAO Country Programming Framework guides the Organization’s technical assistance for the period of 2015-2019. This document foresees improvements through projects in three main areas: adjusting agriculture and rural development policies and institutions to European Union requirements; adapting to climate change and natural hazards at local and national level; and better livelihoods for rural communities.

Taking into consideration geographical conditions, the Organization’s activities have a strong regional dimension, promoting cooperation, joint economic activities and mutual understanding among the countries of southeastern Europe.

FAO facilitates policy discussions in the Montenegrin agri-food sector between the responsible institutions and academia, and also on a much wider scale in the Western Balkans, on agricultural and rural development policies related to the EU Common Agricultural Policy.

To ensure stakeholders’ absorption capacity for forthcoming EU grants, FAO assists in the implementation of an integrated and innovative economic development approach in the regions Drina-Tara and Drina-Sava.

The Organization’s project portfolio also pays attention to a more developed aquaculture sector through improved monitoring systems and sustainable resource management backed by good regulations and technical measures.

A new joint FAO-EBRD project in Montenegro aims to support more efficient and inclusive agri-food chains through better coordination on food safety and quality standards, the development of origin-based labels in the meat sector, and sharing knowledge on food safety, quality and geographical indications.

Previous FAO projects in Montenegro contributed to the formulation of the national Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development for 2014-2020, small-scale farms practicing organic agriculture, assessing and further developing capacities in the woody biomass sector, agribusiness development through a UN Joint Project, and more.