Project: Formal and informal networks in rural areas

Regional project team visited Fribourg University

Regional team of the project The impact of socio-economic structure of rural population to the success of rural development policy by the end of February visited Fribourg University (Switzerland). On that occasion, for the members of the team, training was organized and, additionally, preliminary research findings were presented and considered. Based on the surveys conducted in Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in November - December 2014, as main challenges in implementation of rural policies in these three countries were identified: low level of awareness among farmers, inconsistency of rural policies and low level of farmers’ trust into institutions. All these factors affect the willingness of farmers and their response in applying for rural development measures. Members of the regional team also dealt with methodological challenges in further statistical data processing. New regional team meeting will be held on 2-3 April in Belgrade.

The project is implemented within the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP) and leading project partner is the Association of Agricultural Economists of Republic of Macedonia (AAEM).