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Georgia Works on Integration of Rural Development into National Policies

 Around thirty representatives of the Government of Georgia attended a working meeting in Tbilisi last week to discuss integrating rural development into the national policies of the country.

While recognising the challenges relating to rural development in Georgia, the participants focused on the effective implementation of the national Rural Development Strategy 2017-2020, the elaboration of the Rural Development Action Plan for 2018-2020, and on the further steps to be made at national, regional and municipal level.

According to an EU press release, the main theme of the meeting was to identify the best suitable model for integrated rural development policy in Georgia and to ensure its alignment with the European Union Policy Framework on Rural Development.

The meeting was organised in the framework of the European Union’s Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and was supported by the United Nations Development Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia.

Since 2013, the EU has been supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. With a total budget of €102 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia.

The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for the rural population which go beyond agricultural activities.