On June 19-21, 2015 Agriculture Policy Research Center (APRC) attended a conference organized by the Armenian Economic Association and jointly hosted by Yerevan State University (YSU), the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA-Dilijan), and the American University of Armenia (AUA). The conference, structured in several parallel sessions, lasted for three days and united young researchers, Ph.D. students and professors from the US, Canada and Europe.

During the conference APRC’s Senior Research Associate Salome Gelashvili gave a presentation titled “The role of family farming in the sustainable development of agriculture and poverty reduction in Georgia”. Ms. Gelashvili talked about the economic, social and environmental benefits of family farms as well as about the challenges these family farms have to face. She also discussed the place of family farms in the agricultural value chains and strategies for the development of family farms. She concluded the presentation with key policy recommendations.

On Saturday, June 6, the Agricultural Policy Research Center (APRC) of ISET Policy Institute was invited to participate in information fair “America Days 2015” organized by the Embassy of the United States Georgia showcasing successful cooperation between ISET Policy Institute and USAID.
America Days was a week-long festival of American culture that has kicked off in west part of Georgia on June 2. With a broad range of events planned, America Days began in Zugdidi, later moved to Akhaltsikhe and Gori and ended in Tbilisi on June 6. Visitors had a great opportunity to receive information on exchange programs, Embassy grants, USAID projects and the Peace Corps in Georgia.

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