On June 26, 2019, ten representatives from the private sector, research and public institutions met in Mainz. The topic of the workshop was the investment promotion of regional value chains for agricultural production in Rhineland-Palatinate.
The workshop was carried out as part of an ad hoc study which is currently investigating possibilities for better implementation of the measure "Promotion of investments in the processing and marketing of regional products in regional value chains". This measure is part of the development programme "Environmental Measures, Rural Development, Agriculture, Food" (EPLR EULLE) and was first launched in the current funding period (2014-2020). However, implementation of the measure has so far fallen short of expectations.
The participants came to the conclusion, among other things, that the measure must be advertised much more strongly than before in the relevant guilds (above all bakers' and butchers' guilds) and chambers of skilled trades. The description of the measure should also be more comprehensible to outsiders and supplemented with examples.
Further results concerned the future design of the measure and obstacles to the establishment of regional value chains outside the scope of the EPLR EULLE. These include, for example, the shortage of skilled workers and the diverse legal requirements in the food trade.
Contact persons: Bettina Spengler (spengler[at]ifls.de) and Jörg Schramek (schramek[at]ifls.de)