The development of rural areas in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries is the focus of the project Integrated Development of Agriculture and Rural Institutions in Central and Eastern Europe (IDARI).


Within the context of transition, rural areas in CEE countries must cope with the dynamics and tensions of radical change, destruction and restructuring of old enterprises and reform of institutional structures and processes. Entrepreneurship, innovation, learning, adoption and evolving institutional frameworks are integral to this process. At the same time CEE countries, upon their recent EU membership, are vigorously implementing the acquis communautaire. CAP, in particular, is directly pertinent to rural development. The continuing reform of CAP, the concern with rural value added, employment and environmental degradation, has generated a two-strand approach, one primarily sectoral in nature and the other spatial. Implementing these policies in an effective and efficient way is vital to the overall development of accession countries but in particular to their rural areas.

IDARI research focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation in the different facets of rural development and value added creation. In particular, it will seek to identify the obstacles and bottlenecks to such development. It will also focus on the role institutions play in this process. The project activity is structured according to three distinct, but related thematic work packages:

  1. Rural and Environmental Sustainability (Biological Diversity and Environmental Sustainability; Social Capital; Migration; Rural Entrepreneurship);
  2. Learning for Social-Ecological Resilience and Diffusion of Innovations;
  3. Social Capital, Governance and Rural Institutional Innovation.

IDARI research will inform the various rural development actors and its research outputs will strengthen their decision-making, and policy formulation and implementation.

IDARI Project Objectives:

  1. Support policy-making for sustainable rural development in CEEC through the development of alternative frameworks of analysis appropriate to the transitional context, embracing institutional change, learning, innovation and competitiveness.
  2. To strengthen the research capacity among CEEC personnel in the investigation of rural development.
  3. To build a collaborative research capacity between EU and CEE partners in the investigation of sustainable rural development and institutional change (collecting primary data in selected CEECs).