Agricultural Policy Forum 2021 was a hybrid event that gathered 150 participants from Western Balkan countries/territories, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium, Armenia and Sweden. Besides online presence, it was held in-person too, on October 20th and 21st, in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia.
The Agricultural Policy Forum 2021 was held under the joint auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia and the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-Eastern Europe. The organizers as well as the participants of the Agricultural Policy Forum 2021 highly appreciated the support provided by the convening institutions and organizations: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany (BMEL), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), European Commission (DG Agriculture and Rural Development), and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The Forum summarized the outcomes and recommendations on four working groups connected to rural tourism development, wine production, LEADER and AKIS. The governments of the Western Balkan countries/territories endorsed the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans. The Green Agenda implementation would strengthen the farmers’ position in the food supply chain, increase their income and competitiveness, production of nutritious and healthy food, the attractiveness of the region for investments and tourism, economic and job opportunities, in the Western Balkans.