On November 26, a Memorandum of Cooperation was agreed between the ISET Policy Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia. The document was signed by Eric Livny, the Director of the ISET Policy Insistute and Otar Danelia, the Minsiter of Agriculture.

The Memorandum aims to develop a market price collection system of agricultural products at the Ministry of Agriculture. Through close cooperation between the ISET Policy Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Georgia and the Ministry of Agriculture, a price collection methodology will be developed and a list of products will be defined to be collected on a regular basis.

On September 22-26, 2014 researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Germany visited ISET in the framework of their research tour to Georgia. Several panel discussions and workshops were conducted with the goal to discuss current challenges of agriculture and rural development in transition countries.
Both academic and policy discussions brought together several stakeholders of Georgian agriculture, such as Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA), EU Delegation to Georgia, GIZ, USAID, Agricultural Policy Research Center (APRC) at ISET-PI, etc. Among others, topics such as policies for sustainable agriculture, development of modern agricultural value chains, agricultural trade policies of transition countries, the role of education and extension in agricultural development, and structural transformation pathways of farms in transition countries were discussed by the participants.

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