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The SWG GTZ ORF Project: “Improving the competitiveness of companies and organizations from Southeastern Europe in the agricultural and food sector through the implementation of food quality standards and increased regional networking”

The project’s goal was to improve the competitiveness of companies and associations in the agro-food sector in the Western Balkans through the implementation of food quality standards and strengthening a regional networking. Project Components Strengthening of business links and networks between different market players; Introduction of food safety and quality systems. The project followed a regional approach. Cross-border business relations were

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Strengthening capacity building through networking and regional cooperation in the Western Balkan countries

Developing opportunities through access and exchange of information combined with networking of the rural stakeholders (technical, cultural, institutional and civil society) is a prerequisite for increased regional cooperation among the rural players in a broader sense. The countries of the Western Balkans are encouraged progressively to take involved into networking activities for strengthening regional co-operation thought joint capacity building

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SWG/FAO TCP 3101 Joint Project:”Support to capacity building for agriculture and rural development policy analysis and formulation to support EU-integration of the South-Eastern European countries”

The purpose of the project was to enable rural communities to benefit from rural development support programmes to be provided in the future by the EU, thus supporting the countries’ efforts towards further integration with the EU and, ultimately, fostering agriculture and rural development. The objective was to enable local stakeholders to access future EU funding for rural development by rising awareness, improving the knowledge of rural development

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Streamlining of agriculture and rural development policies of SEE countries for EU accession

The responsibility for implementation of rural development policy lies with the Ministries of Agriculture, of which the administrative capacity is limited and not appropriately qualified and inexperienced in EU harmonization process. In addition, national policy responses have not always been followed by clear and well established strategies, and policy-making has lacked orientation towards the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In parallel

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Preparation for Implementation of the Area Based Development (ABD) Approach in the Western Balkans – 2nd phase

What is ABDA Area Based Development (ABD) is considered to be an innovative and effective approach to facilitate sustainable growth in rural areas in decline. It is suitable for targeting defined geographical areas in cross-border regions in the Western Balkans, characterized by specific complex development problems. The approach uses a methodology, which is inclusive, participatory, and flexible and ensures integration and coherence. It is suitable

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SWG EC Project Preparation Facility: “Preparation of a Proposal for an Area Based Development in the Western Balkans”

Area Based Development (ABD) is considered to be an innovative approach enabling breakthrough in sustainable growth of rural cross-border regions. ABD is perceived as suitable for targeting defined geographical areas in cross-border regions in the Western Balkans, characterized by specific complex development problems. The approach as its core principles uses a methodology, which is inclusive, participatory, and flexible and ensures integration and

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Capacity Development for Standing Working Group (SWG) for Regional Rural Development

The primary aim was to enable the SWG to open up the potential of regional cooperation efficiently. The objective of the project was to support the capacity development of the SWG based on the defined strategic and operational plan. This overall objective was defined by the following benchmarks: The final declaration of the 2012 APF demonstrates the willingness of members to regional cooperation (Source: Final Declaration), The potential for economic

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Conducting a survey on agriculture and food industry in SEE

The aim of the project was to develop and conduct a survey/profiling about the identified agricultural branches for at least three countries in South Eastern Europe. The aim of the survey/profiling was to elaborate and/or assemble information about the identified agricultural branch. After proceeding the profiling/survey the result was to be presented to be used at fairs, delegation trips and other events to present detailed facts and figures about

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“Analysis of agricultural and rural development policies in Western Balkans countries”

The aim of: "Analysis of the agricultural and rural development policies in Western Balkan countries" was to provide up to date analysis of the characteristics of the agriculture policy instruments applied in Western Balkan (WB) countries and highlight the possible effects of agriculture and rural development policies harmonization of the WB countries with the CAP 2014-2020 on food and farming sector in the rural areas. The main objectives of the

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Preparation for the Implementation of the Area Based Development (ABD) approach in the Western Balkans

Background of the project The project was a follow up of the Project Preparation Facility: “Preparation of a Proposal for an Area Based Development in the Western Balkans” Overall objective The overall objective of the project: "Preparation for implementation of the Area Based Development (ABD) Approach in the Western Balkans" was to further work on building capacities and structures within the SWG and selected regions in order to be able to

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