24th Agricultural Policy Forum organized in Jahorina, Republic of Srpska, B&H

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The 24th Agricultural Policy Forum (APF), titled “Reassessing of Agricultural and Rural Development Policy in South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and Challenges Ahead: Food Sovereignty, Climate Change Impact on Agriculture, Demographic Renewal of Rural Areas”, hereafter referred to as the “Forum”, gathered more than 130 policymakers, researchers, academia, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders from 17 countries across Europe in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 05th and 06th of June 2024.

The Agricultural Policy Forum 2024 was held under the joint auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE.

The participants of the Agricultural Policy Forum 2024 highly appreciated the support provided by the convening institutions and organizations: European Commission (DG Agriculture and Rural Development), German Government (Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture – BMEL, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development – BMZ and German Agency for International Cooperation – GIZ), Italian Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) and International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM).

The main objective of the Forum is to address policy challenges in agriculture and rural development in SEE taking into consideration global, European, and regional dimensions related to: Food Sovereignty and Security, Climate Change Impact on Agriculture and Demographic Renewal of rural areas.

Jahorina Agenda 2024 summarizes the main outcomes of the Forum.

Plenary Session Presentations and Working Group Presentations can be found here: https://apf.seerural.org/outputs/

The Forum in details elaborated and addressed the following topics:

➤The EU Green Deal and Farm to Fork Strategy within a broader context in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and IPARD[1]

➤Action Plan for the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans (GAWB) and its implementation and challenges for the future as a crucial process for advancing sustainable development and environmental protection in the region.

➤Berlin Process Initiative as a regional ‘fora’ for EU Integration of the Western Balkans and Inclusion of Food and Agriculture sector.

➤Climate Change Adaptation in agriculture, forestry, and viticulture in the SEE: Challenges, Status and Prospects and strategic approaches.

➤Demographic Renewal of Rural Areas – prospects and policies for rural regeneration in SEE.

➤Global and EU Food Security Trends, Land Use Pressures and Sustainability Challenges.

➤Recent trends of Agricultural Policy Developments in the Western Balkans.

➤Implementation of the LEADER approach and enhancing the livelihoods in SEE.

➤Soil protection challenges, focusing on EU and the Western Balkans.

➤EU Policy developments on organic production and Strategy for fostering further development of the organic farming in SEE.

➤BIOEAST Partnership including the Western Balkans – an opportunity to support the sustainable transition.

Additionally, the following three topics were elaborated in detail through working group sessions:

✅The role of soil and water in climate change adaptation, food security and social services.

✅Adaptation of crop and livestock management to climate change.

✅Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AKIS) and Agricultural Policy Development.

[1] 1IPARD – The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance for Rural Development