Formalizing the AKIS System and Creation of the Knowledge Reservoir in SEE

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The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in Southeastern Europe and the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food continue their work under the Agricultural Policy Dialogue Germany – Western Balkans Implementation Program. The Seventh Interim Meeting of the Regional Expert Advisory Working Group on Agriculture Knowledge Information System in SEE was held in Podgorica, Montenegro.

The meeting aimed to review the progress of AKIS work in Southeastern Europe, formalize the AKIS system, and creation of the Knowledge Reservoir. The meeting reviewed progress and discussed the Agriculture Knowledge Information System (AKIS) in Southeastern Europe. Representatives and experts presented the achievements in the establishment of AKIS and discussed formalizing it as a system. Once more underlined the need to promote and speed up the formalization of AKIS and its components, particularly in the framework of the agricultural policy dialogues. AKIS is crucial for the transition and sustainability of the Green Agenda, and its adoption. The “Sofia Declaration for the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans” is significant for establishing AKIS and the Western Balkan leaders have expressed full support for the Green Agenda and pledged to cooperate with scientific, educational, business and agricultural holdings to facilitate the transition to innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and farming methods.

Regarding the Knowledge Reservoir, the proposal to concentrate efforts on the immediate construction of the Reservoir, which will contain the basic requirements of the national level and the proposed case study, was supported. The REAWG intends to prepare for the June gathering to have a high-level AKIS meeting that contributes positively to the APF dialogue.

1. Awareness raising presentation Albania EZhllima

2. Federation of B&H AKIS

3. Republic of Srpska, B&H- Zeljko Vasko

4. Lead Farmers_Ppt AKIS-WB-I.Miftari

5. REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA_ARAC

6. AKIS_Interim Meeting_Podgorica

7. SWG_AKIS_DemoFarms_Tools and Guides

8. SWG_AKIS_Living Labs_Informator 4

9. Serbia Report-AKIS

10. Berlin Process-SWG

11. AKIS Presentation-Daniel Muller

12. Presentation-D.Vanev-Ideas for Knowledge Repository

13. AKIS Overview-Charalambos Kasimis