Saltanat Rakhimbekova at a seminar in Budapest on the contribution of the public of Kazakhstan to the development of rural areas and achievement of SDG-2030

On October 24, 2019, at a seminar in Budapest on the development of family farms, she presented the experience of Kazakhstan, namely “The contribution of the Kazazstan public to the development of rural areas and the achievement of SDG-2030.”

FAO has initiated the establishment of an informal regional technical network for the development of family farms.
At the invitation of FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization), I participate in a two-day seminar in Budapest (23-24 October 2019).

The seminar was organized by the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia on the theme of integrated rural community development.

The objectives of the seminar are to consider various initiatives and projects to support smallholders and family farms in order to improve the economic situation of the rural population and reduce poverty.

According to FAO, rural communities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have many needs and many constraints. This was confirmed by a recent FAO study in eight countries in the region, which examined the needs and constraints of smallholders and family farmers.

This topic corresponds to the Agenda of our Rural Women ‘s Forums, organized by the Coalition together with akimats of regions in the period from July 4 to October 18 of this year in all 14 regions of Kazakhstan.

Through the Forums, we have also laid the foundations for the republican network of the Agrarian Union of Women of Kazakhstan, established at the initiative of rural women in 2019, aimed at promoting the income of the rural population.

Through the FAO Regional Initiative to Support Smallholders and Family Farmers to Improve the Economic Situation of Rural Populations and Reduce Poverty, and in conjunction with the United Nations Decade of Family Farmers 2019-2028, FAO is establishing an informal regional technical network for community development.

In the Seminar Programme:
Presentation and discussion of various approaches to rural development applicable to Europe and Central Asia;
Dissemination of practical experiences and lessons learned to participating countries;
: Invitation to reflect on progress achieved and areas for improvement in the examples presented;
Contribution to new partnerships between Governments, international organizations, donors, civil society, academia and the private sector interested in rural development;
Discussion on policy options to support rural development in the region.

I thank the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia for its invitation to participate in this very important seminar, and the materials will be very useful for us, the organizers of the Second Forum of Rural Women of Kazakhstan, scheduled for 7-8 November 2019 in Nur Sultan.

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