A Nationwide Rural Network Structure with the participation of all relevant stakeholders under the Ownership and Coordination of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
In order to support effective, coordinated, sustainable development in agriculture and rural development programs and to facilitate information sharing between relevant stakeholders, a National Rural Network Structure has been established within the Managing Authority of the General Directorate of Agricultural Reform
. The kick-off meeting of the project aimed at expanding the National Rural Network Structure to 26 Regions was held on October 18, 2022, hosted by the IPARD Managing Authority
. At the meeting held under the chairmanship of Mr. Dr. Osman YILDIZ, the Head of the Managing Authority, the details of the project activities aimed at establishing a nationwide rural network structure with the participation of all relevant stakeholders under the Ownership and Coordination of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry were discussed
. Rural networks, which activate the dynamics of rural development at the national, regional, and local levels in the EU and Turkey, are a structure that ensures effective, coordinated use of resources. National rural network good practice models in the EU and Turkey motivate the field of agriculture and rural development. Rural networks carry out all their work together with the relevant stakeholders
. After discussing the responsibilities which are supposed to be held by the parties and the details of the contract signed with the contractor company, an exchange of ideas was made. Mr. Dr. Osman YILDIZ emphasized that 26 regional coordinators will be established in order to continue the project activities at the national, regional, and local levels in a coordinated and effective manner and the importance of cooperation and working together with stakeholders
. With the project activities, collaborative decision-making processes will be initiated at the national level for agriculture and rural development programs. The national rural network, whose basic understanding depends on trust, cooperation, and sharing of experiences, will complement the successful work already carried out
. The story of change will be written in a rural area.