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Agricultural Policy Forum (APF) 2017 was jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro and the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in SEE in Podgorica, on 11 and 12 October. It gathered more than 130 representatives of relevant public authorities, civil and private sector, from the SEE region and abroad.

The Albanian Network for Rural Development was represented to the APF with delegates representative of the Albanian Network RD,  civil society organizations, public authorities and network affiliates.

The APF addressed the need for adjusting the agricultural and rural development policies in SEE in line with the EU requirements and for improving competitiveness of the rural economy considering the farm structure in the Western Balkans. APF 2017 stressed the existing agricultural products trade barriers and the management of natural resources in the region. IPARD as an instrument for sustainable rural development was elaborated, with special focus on the importance of the LEADER approach.

Podgorica Agenda 2017 resumes the main outcomes of the APF.

For more information on the Agricultural Policy Forum (APF) 2017, please visit http://apf.seerural.org/