Between October 4th and 5th, ISET’s Irakli Kochlamazashvili attended the Fifth Panel of the Eastern Partnership on Agriculture and Rural Development, which took place in Yerevan, Armenia.

The Panel is organized regularly and gathers the representatives of governments, academia, and civil society from Eastern Partnership countries to share experiences and discuss the important agricultural and rural development issues.

This year’s meeting was dedicated to agricultural research and innovation, and more than 15 countries’ representatives discussed the impact of digitalization on the agricultural sector. Presentations focused on national e-agriculture strategies, innovations in agriculture, precision-farming tools, best practices of transferring the knowledge to farmers (and challenges facing Eastern Partnership countries), etc.

On October 3, 2017, ISET Policy Institute Executive Director Lasha Labadze made a presentation at the conference "Modern Educational Programs to Support Agribusiness Development,” organized by East European University within the International Scientific Festival, planned by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. Other conference participants were representatives of the Agricultural Cooperative Development Agency, the National Wine Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Community College “Gldani Vocational Training Center”.

Doctor Labadze presented the current situation of the agricultural sector in Georgia, with an emphasis on the importance of conducting a thorough analysis of the value chains of different product and identify weak and problematic areas, in order to create and develop sustainable business models for agriculture in Georgia. Despite the numerous large-scale projects implemented in the sector by both the state and donor organizations, the sector is still underdeveloped.

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