The Agricultural Policy Forum (APF) is a two-day event on regional agricultural policy in the South-East Europe organized by SWG, involving relevant regional and international stakeholders, resulting in regional policy recommendations. It has been organized on an annual basis since 2001 to serve as a wide platform for discussions and recommendations on regional policy issues in agriculture and rural development in SEE. The Forum is comprised of a plenary session and a working groups session, ending up in a joint final session to endorse common policy recommendations. Every year it is organized in the country/territory which holds the SWG Assembly presidency for the year, in partnership with the ministry of agriculture and rural development from the respective country.
APF 2017 is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro and will be held in Podgorica, Montenegro, on 11 and 12 October at the Verde Complex Hotel. It will once more serve as a platform for international dialogue on policy settings and perspectives of common interest to agricultural policy makers and stakeholders. The APF 2017 will address the need for improving competitiveness of the rural economy considering the farm structure in the Western Balkans. Closely related to that, it will stress the existing agricultural products trade barriers in the region. Policy recommendations related to the management of natural resources and the LEADER approach in the region will also be part of the APF 2017. Finally it will tackle the new orientation of IPARD in function of sustainable rural development in the region.
SWG and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro have the immense pleasure to invite you to the Agricultural Policy Forum 2017!
All the information about the event are available at the event’s website: