Workshop and study tour “Strengthening value chains”, Andrevlje, Fruska Gora, Serbia in the period 23-25th March 2015 and Istria, Croatia in the period 26-28th March 2015

This series of workshops and study tour was held in Andrevlje, Serbia (23-25 March) and Istria, Croatia (26-28 March) 2015, organised by the SWG within the European Union funded project “Preparation for Implementation of the Area Based Development (ABD) Approach in the Western Balkans – 2nd phase”, as well as the project “Support to the implementation of integrated, innovative cooperation projects in the Western Balkan region – the Area Based Development Approach” funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Area Based Development (ABD) is considered to be an innovative and effective approach to facilitate sustainable growth in rural areas in decline. It is suitable for targeting defined geographical areas in cross-border regions in the Western Balkans, characterized by specific complex development problems. The approach uses a methodology, which is inclusive, participatory, and flexible and ensures integration and coherence.

As a results of the training needs assessments conducted in “Drina-Sava” and “Drina-Tara” cross-border regions, SWG and FAO international expertise was used to conduct training and coaching activities for the grant beneficiaries and stakeholders in “Drina-Sava” and “Drina-Tara” cross-border regions to help establishing and strengthening of value chains in long-term partnerships for sustainable rural development. It also significantly contributed to exchange of experiences between grant beneficiaries – participants in business partnerships created for implementation of ABDA grant scheme. Selected representatives of ‘Prespa” and “Sharra” cross-border regions also participated on this events.

The “SWG” stands for Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in South Eastern Europe (SEE) and is an International Intergovernmental Organisation, consisting of members from governmental institutions in SEE responsible for agriculture and rural development in respective member countries and territories.