On December 4 and 5, Head of the Agricultural Policy Research Center at the ISET Policy Institute Pati Mamardashvili and Senior Research Associate Salome Gelashvili participated in the National Conference for Agricultural Information and Consultancy Centers of the Ministry of Agriculture sponsored by USAID/SEAS Project.

The subject of the presentation was "Value Chain Analysis and Marketing - What AICC employees should know to help farmers". Presenters discussed the definition of Value Chain Analysis (VCA), its application and examples of instruments used in VCA. Presentation was followed by lively discussion and an interesting Q&A session.

On November 26, a Memorandum of Cooperation was agreed between the ISET Policy Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia. The document was signed by Eric Livny, the Director of the ISET Policy Insistute and Otar Danelia, the Minsiter of Agriculture.

The Memorandum aims to develop a market price collection system of agricultural products at the Ministry of Agriculture. Through close cooperation between the ISET Policy Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Georgia and the Ministry of Agriculture, a price collection methodology will be developed and a list of products will be defined to be collected on a regular basis.

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