International conference “Rural and Agricultural Advisory Systems (RAAS): Best Practices and Experiences. Cooperation with the Eastern Partnership Countries takes place from 15th till 16th of April in Riga, Latvia.
The Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Agriculture and Rural Development organize the international conference.
The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia organizes this conference together with:
The conference is meant to share experience and best practices on advisory and extension systems in rural areas, discusses their different organisation structures, ways of setting-up, sources of financing and best practices in improving the quality and efficiency of their intervention.
The event will aim at:
1. agreement on common declaration by Ministers for forwarding it to the organisers of the Eastern Partnership Summit in May 2015;
2. strengthening the cooperation between the decision makers and stakeholders involved in rural and agricultural advisory in EU Member States and Eastern European partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine).
Therefore, after the plenary part the conference will be organised in two parallel sessions – one for Ministers and the other – for high-level representatives.
Ministers and high level representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture, state organizations, advisory and extension bodies, farmers representatives and other civil society groups active in rural areas in the EU Member States and Eastern European partner countries are invited to exchange views on the following main topics:
Ms Maija Sirvide Department of Projects and Development
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