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.

Between August 29 and September 1, ISET’s Salome Gelashvili attended the XV EAAE Congress “Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems: Balancing between Markets and Society” which took place in Parma, Italy.

The Congress is organized once every three years and gathers academics, scholars, practitioners, stakeholders and policy makers dealing with agricultural issues. This year’s meeting was dedicated to the food industry, and the participants discussed the most critical issues characterizing both the agriculture and food industries. Paper and poster presentations, organized panels and plenary sessions focused on such topics as Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), food policy, value chains, price transmission and volatility, land regulations, choice experiments and many other topics emphasizing the most concerning issues for society.

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