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1 EASTERN PARTNERSHIP: Support to agriculture and rural development
Vincent Rey, Deputy HoU, DG NEAR C1

2 Support to agriculture and rural development: why important?
Agriculture and food security = global priority of the EU development policy. EU = world's largest donor in supporting agricultural development. Agriculture in the EaP region: significant sector, large rural population, high proportion of agricultural lands. But many challenges: poor productivity, small/fragmented lands, low competiveness, lack of investment, limited growth potential. Economic and social development among main objectives of EaP. Priority sector for EU cooperation with most EaP countries in period. Agriculture and food security = global priority of the EU development policy. EU = world's largest donor in supporting global food security and sustainable agricultural development Economic and social development = among objectives of EaP initiative, importance of agriculture/rural development- reaffirmed in Riga Agriculture in the EaP region: significant sector, employment for millions (30% of population on average), high proportion of agricultural lands (ex: about 70% of Moldova, Ukraine and Armenia).

3 No multi-annual programming yet
Priority sectors Georgia Public admin reform Justice reform Agriculture and rural development Moldova Police and border management Ukraine Conflict  No multi-annual programming yet Armenia Public admin reform Justice reform Private sector Azerbaijan Education Regional and rural development Belarus Social inclusion Environment Local and regional development + complementary support: for implementation of agreements and civil society

4 Support to agriculture/rural development: how?
Sector reform programmes on agriculture, rural and regional development (e.g. European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development, ENPARD) Support to institutions linked to agriculture and trade of agricultural products in the context of DCFTA (technical assistance, twinning, TAIEX); can be embedded in sector reform programmes or complementary support Neighbourhood Investment Facility (e.g. Wine sector upgrading project in Moldova) Internal memo In the past (ENPI ), we used only stand-alone actions to provide twinning and TA to complement sector reform programmes (budget support). In we had 'Twinning and TA Facilities' in all countries. In we replaced them with 'Framework Programmes in support of EU agreements' – which included the earmarked funding of the Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) programme = additional funding attached to the launch of the EaP and earmarked to fund institutional support in key areas linked to the new agreements offered to all EaP countries (AA/DCFTA and visa). This approach was overcomplicated to manage and weakened the sector focus of dialogue on reforms. In the ENI, we prefer to embed institutional support in the sector reform programmes. However, we can still use stand-alone actions (Technical Cooperation Facilities) to fund additional institutional support in priority areas linked to agreements with the EU that fall outside the scope of sector actions. This approach guarantees a certain degree of additional flexibility outside the 3 sectors of concentration. The flexibility is important for AA/DCFTA countries (approximation agenda) and also as a means to maintain EU engagement with countries that are not interested in AA/DCFTA.

5 Example: ENPARD Georgia
What? ENPARD = European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development, 5-year programme, €52 million Why? Support business cooperatives between small farmers as a model to improve production and access to markets What results? Cooperation among farmers growing: 300 cooperatives established with 2000 members, 200 received business training, 35 cooperatives received ENPARD grants Better access to expertise: eg, Ministry of Agriculture established 52 agriculture info centres Public institutions deliver better agriculture services: agriculture strategy updated, census, training for staff, studies, …. Title: ENPARD Georgia (‘European neighbourhood programme for agriculture and rural development’) Key elements: business‑oriented cooperation amongst small farmers; small farmers’ access to training and expert advice; efficiency of public institutions in the agriculture sector Budget: EUR 52 million — Spent (up to ): EUR 18.6 million Duration: 5 years (March 2013–March 2018) The ENPARD programme: promoting agriculture and rural business The agriculture sector employs around 50 % of the labour force in Georgia. Some 95 % are very small farmers producing very little and unable to compete with importing suppliers unless they team up in business‑oriented associations. Up to 2013, farmers’ cooperatives were virtually non‑existent in the country. With the ENPARD programme, the EU is helping Geor15 gia change this reality by promoting the notion of business‑oriented farmers’ cooperatives as a model for small farmers to improve their production and access to markets. Cooperation amongst small farmers is growing — More than farmers (three in 10 were women) participated in the ENPARD agriculture cooperatives’ development sessions. Almost 300 new agriculture cooperatives were established, grouping together more than members (almost one in four were women); in 2014 they worked more than 11 hectares of land, producing tons of agricultural output. ENPARD offers grants to cooperatives and other farmers’ groups for capital investments like tractors, trucks, processing equipment and seedlings. By the end of 2014, 35 cooperatives had succeeded in the grant selection process; however, many more participated (700 groups, more than farmers in total), and almost 200 received business training as part of the programme. Attitudes regarding cooperatives have clearly improved: in May 2014 an official survey confirmed that 67 % of small farmers know and understand what a cooperative is, compared to only 32 % before ENPARD. Small farmers get better access to information and expertise — In 2014 the Ministry of Agriculture established 52 agriculture information and communication centres — one in each rural district of the country — staffed with 300 experts. The ENPARD partners (18 local and international NGOs, associations and research centres) developed 10 demonstration plots in eight districts. In Ajara, farmers got regular consultations at the Ajaran Agro‑Service Centre. The Georgian Farmers’ Association provided advice to members on a weekly basis through the agriculture information call centre. All these activities were possible with financial and technical support from the ENPARD programme. Public institutions deliver more efficient agricultural services — ENPARD offered training to 400 staff from public institutions; 44 ministry staff and leaders of farmers’ organisations participated in study visits to six EU Member States to familiarise themselves with European agriculture models and policies. At the policy level, the national agriculture development strategy was updated with a consultative process. A dedicated policy unit was created at the Ministry of Agriculture and the sector information basis — a key tool for better policymaking — was significantly expanded: an agricultural census (designed with ENPARD assistance) took place in 2014; a national market price information system was created; and more than 20 studies, policy analyses and research reports were produced and published. Collaboration with higher education and research institutions working on agriculture will continue in the future.

6 Example: ESRA Moldova What? ESRA = Economic stimulation of rural areas programme, €72 million, 6-year programme Why? Support small business development and creating new job opportunities in rural areas What results? Rural business get more access to finance: over 3000 grants and 200 loans, helping create more than jobs Business incubators help develop new ideas: 8 business incubators opened Entrepreneurship part of labor policies: legislation adjusted, entrepreneurship curriculum at schools, training for administration staff, The ESRA programme: promoting economic stimulation in rural areas Title: ESRA (‘Economic stimulation in rural areas’) programme Key elements: small business development and job creation in rural areas; business incubators; access to finance (grants and loan guarantees) Budget: EUR 72 million — Spent (up to ): EUR 58million Duration: 6 years (November 2010–November 2016) Living conditions in the rural areas of Moldova are much more difficult than in urban localities. Some 70 % of the poor and 81 % of the extremely poor still live in the countryside. The EU funded the ESRA programme to help Moldova address these challenges by creating new rural business opportunities and jobs. Initially designed for 4 years, the ESRA programme was extended for 2 more years with additional funding from EaPIC, the umbrella programme designed to reward progress in deep and sustainable democracy in 2012–13 Rural businesses get more access to finance — Thanks to the ESRA programme, access to finance (grants and loan guarantees) for rural business improved significantly under four key national schemes: 18 the ‘National programme for economic employment of youth’; the ‘PARE 1+1 remittances’ investment attraction programme’; the ‘Programme of the Moldovan Agriculture Intervention and Payment Agency’; and the ‘Loan guarantee scheme’ of ODIMM, the Moldovan SMEs’ development organisation. The four schemes combined awarded more than grants and offered 200 loan guarantees, underpinning the creation of more than new jobs (three in 10 held by women). Business incubators help develop new ideas — The rural business infrastructure improved, with the creation of eight new business incubators in the rural areas of Leova, Stefan Voda, Rezina, Singerei, Cosnita, Cedir Lunga, Nisporeni and Cimislia. Entrepreneurship becomes part of labour policies — The ESRA programme provided more than 900 training days on entrepreneurship and small business development to staff from national and local public administrations. At the same time, the Ministry of Education introduced a new curriculum on entrepreneurship for technical and professional schools; more than 400 students enrolled in the first school year (2012/13). As part of the dialogue on sector reforms, labour legislation was adjusted to reflect national commitments on gender equality and women’s participation in the labour market.

7 Thank you for your attention!
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