Rural Development
Sector Programme

European Union Aid Programme
for Turkish Cypriot community

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The Rural Development Support Team, in operation between May 2008 and May 2012, provided technical assistance to help develop the capacity of the Turkish Cypriot community in the formulation of rural development policy, including assistance in the preparation of a Rural Development Plan and three LEADER-type Local Development Strategies that guide the implementation of some EU funded projects in the sector.

IMG_0685The Support Team also played a vital role in the design of three Rural Development and two Community Development grant schemes as well as providing information, training and help to potential beneficiaries in the preparation of their applications. Target beneficiaries included rural communities, farmers, producer organisations, cooperatives, agri-food processors, small and medium-sized enterprises and eco-tourism operators, local action groups and non-governmental organisations.

Key tasks performed by the Support Team included an analysis of the rural sector and large-scale consultations of rural stakeholders. In addition, the Support Team drafted a provisional rural development plan and priority support measures to be implemented, as well as three “bottom-up” rural community local development strategies for the North West, the Karpaz and the Mesarya Areas using participatory approaches. The team contributed to the preparation of five grant scheme “Call for Proposals”, and information, while carrying out awareness and training activities for potential beneficiaries.