ISET was recently awarded a three year grant from USAID in support of the Agricultural Economics Concentration in ISET's Master's Program in Economics and the establishment of the Agricultural Policy Research Center (APRC) at ISET-PI.

Through this partnership, a Ph.D.-level agricultural economist will be hired to provide leadership for activities undertaken by the APRC and the Agricultural Economics Concentration. Three junior researchers will also join the APRC team to conduct research, provide training, and engage in on-demand policy evaluation and analysis.

On November 8, 2013, ISET hosted the first event in a series of discussions on the topic of inclusive growth. The topic of the event was Land ownership of agricultural land: political stability and social cohesion vs. economic efficiency. The presentation opened with a short video prepared especially for the dialogue and was followed by a short presentation about the sector.

Moderated by Giorgi Bakradze, senior research advisor at the ISET Policy Institute, the central question addressed by the various stakeholders was how Georgia could ensure investors’ property rights, promote land consolidation and develop modern agribusinesses while, at the same time, benefiting the poor, maintaining social cohesion and avoiding political destabilization. Other issues for discussion were what to do with the past and in the future; how to reconcile investors and attract even more capital in agriculture.

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