On Wednesday, July 1st, the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and its implementing partners, ISET-PI, CARE International in the Caucasus, RDA, and GFA, will host the first Stakeholders’ Forum on the Tea Sector. The forum will take place in Kutaisi, at Bagrati Hotel, from 14:00 till 18:00

The forum will be attended by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Gocha Tsopurashvili, as well as by the high officials from the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Agricultural Cooperatives Development Agency, Georgian Farmers Association, Tea Producers’ Association, and representatives from the private sector.

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.

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