There has been much discussion recently about agricultural cooperatives in Georgia, and for good reason. Over the past two years, we’ve seen a new law on agricultural cooperatives come into effect, and the rollout of the European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), which will seek to support the development of business-oriented farmer groups across the country.

On March 27, 2014, ISET held a dialogue in order to critically think about these initiatives, as well as to discuss lessons learned from past efforts by international donors and NGOs to support farmer groups or more generally improve farmers’ market linkages.

ISET was recently awarded a three year grant from USAID in support of the Agricultural Economics Concentration in ISET's Master's Program in Economics and the establishment of the Agricultural Policy Research Center (APRC) at ISET-PI.

Through this partnership, a Ph.D.-level agricultural economist will be hired to provide leadership for activities undertaken by the APRC and the Agricultural Economics Concentration. Three junior researchers will also join the APRC team to conduct research, provide training, and engage in on-demand policy evaluation and analysis.

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