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Your contact: Monika Beck
Office: +32 (0)10 45 45 10
Fax: +32 (0)10 45 40 99
E-mail: monika.beck@ade.eu
The «Rural Development and Environment» department is specialised in public policies carried out in favour of rural territories in the broad sense, in order to face the challenges of the rural world, in the perspective of fair and balanced socioeconomic and environmental development in Europe and in third countries.

Since its creation, ADE has provided support to public decision-makers in their agricultural and rural development policies. These policies are at the heart of diverse and vast issues which have a determining impact on rural populations throughout the world. Agriculture and rural areas face many challenges and new expectations, in particular in terms of food safety and security, respect for the environment and the development of the rural societies with which ADE wishes to share its expertise.

Throughout the evolution of these policies and development aid, ADE has widened its scope of activity, which now covers several complementary domains:

  • Agricultural policies and rural development policies
  • Value chain analysis and promotion of agricultural products
  • Food safety and food security
  • Environmental policies and climate change

AREA OF EXCELLENCE

  • Identification, formulation and follow-up of public finance management systems
  • Formulation and follow-up of general or sectoral budget support
  • Regional integration programme
  • Training in various areas of expertise, sharing of experience and methodological support
  • Large-scale and long-term technical assistance mission

Agricultural policies and rural development policies

The evaluation of agricultural policies and rural development is an evolving area of expertise
in which ADE has gained solid experience since the 1990s. These policies provide support
to the rural and agricultural world in its adaptation to economic, social and environmental
challenges. The evaluation of these public policies is carried out at regional, national and
European level, in Europe and in third countries.

This area of expertise focuses in particular on evaluating the results and impacts of these
policies, formulating recommendations regarding their effectiveness and efficiency, and
defining the orientations to be developed. These evaluations are often regulatory and the
studies contribute to making the framework evolve.

Value chain analysis and promotion of agricultural products

ADE has recognised capacities in value chain analysis and in the analysis of policies to promote the related products, in Europe and in third countries. This area of expertise takes on great importance in the context of the globalised economy and the many crises which have affected the agricultural value chains in recent years.

The analysis of agricultural value chains covers the various stakeholders concerned and their socioeconomic implication, as well as technologies, knowledge and the authorities which govern them and go beyond the strictly economic framework.

Food safety and food security

Food safety and food security are recurring issues which ADE pays special attention to and which specifically concern third countries confronted with insecurity constraints. The support provided by such programmes consists in proposing pertinent and essential elements to consider in the form of observations, lessons, conclusions and recommendations, and in defining strategies aimed at reducing the food insecurity of the most helpless populations faced with this problem.

Environmental policies and climate change

This area of expertise was recently developed by ADE in response to the strengthening of public policies in these areas, in developed as well as developing countries. The growing considerations regarding the environment and climate change, which have major repercussions on the entire agricultural sector and food safety and food security, result in extensive mobilisation in favour of the implementation of programmes and concrete actions in the perspective of sustainable development.

An essential challenge for ADE is the interaction between these new policies and socioeconomic challenges and the balanced development of territories. ADE proposes multidisciplinary approaches which guarantee this complementarity.

Latest publications

30.04.2019
ADE participation on state aids in the agricultural, forestry and rural areas
ADE participated as a speaker in the training on state aids in the agricultural, forestry and rural areas on 30 April in Brussels (Maastricht University, Brussels Campus).
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4.04.2019
The State aid evaluation Report published
This Report was prepared by our Rural Development and Environment Department
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15.12.2016
Publication of the final report of the Evaluation of Measures for Agriculture Carried Out for the Outermost Regions (POSEI) and the Smaller Aegean Islands
The final report of the Evaluation of Measures for Agriculture Carried Out for the Outermost Regions (POSEI) and the Smaller Aegean Islands has been published on the website of DG AGRI.
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