“Considering agricultural externalities in the measurement of farm performance: the Swiss case” was the title of a presentation given by Dr. Phatima Mamardashvili at ISET on April 29.

Dr. Mamardashvili’s research is about agricultural externalities. In her talk she presented a study that investigates the performance of Swiss dairy farms, considering both positive and negative externalities. The results are based on the bookkeeping data of farms as included in the Swiss Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). The economic and environmental performance of these farms are measured from the perspective of production efficiency.

There has been much discussion recently about agricultural cooperatives in Georgia, and for good reason. Over the past two years, we’ve seen a new law on agricultural cooperatives come into effect, and the rollout of the European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), which will seek to support the development of business-oriented farmer groups across the country.

On March 27, 2014, ISET held a dialogue in order to critically think about these initiatives, as well as to discuss lessons learned from past efforts by international donors and NGOs to support farmer groups or more generally improve farmers’ market linkages.

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