On March 11, representatives of the Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL), Dominic Blaettler (PhD Social Sciences, Professor of Rural Development and Innovation, BFH-HAFL) and Pia Fehle (MSc Agricultural Sciences, Research Associate, BFH-HAF) visited ISET in the framework of the HAFL-ISET/APRC initiative. The initiative, which is financed by the Seed Funding Grant of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), aims to pool resources to provide applied research for rural development interventions in the South Caucasus.

Prior to the meeting with various stakeholders involved in agriculture and rural development in Georgia, HAFL representatives gave a presentation entitled ‘Ex-ante assessment of the adoption potential of a technological innovation in agriculture: a case study from South India'. The objective of the seminar was to discuss farmers’ characteristics which affect their decision to adopt new technologies.

On February 26 2019, the APRC participated in a meeting on sustainable land management and green agriculture in Georgia. The event was organized by REC Caucasus and gathered more than 60 participants from the public and private sectors. The representatives of different organizations (e.g., GIZ, IFAD, FAO) as well as a number of farmers shared information on their projects and activities related to climate-smart agriculture and sustainable land management in Georgia.

Pati Mamardashvili presented the final results of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on the Draft Law of Georgia on Windbreaks. The presentation emphasized the RIA+ approach, which underlines the consideration of the main principle of the Agenda 2030 in every step of the RIA process. The direct and indirect links of the Draft Law with various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were outlined.

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