The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) aims to promote sustianable rural development throughout the EU in a way which complements other EU instruments of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Cohesion Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy.
Within the overall framework of the CAP, during the 2014-2020 period, EAFRD resources in Malta, mainly aim to:
· foster the competitiveness of agriculture;
· ensure the sustainable management of natural resources, and climate action; and
· achieve a balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities including the creation and maintenance of employment.
The proposed priorities covered under Malta’s Rural Development Programme include: water, waste and energy; Maltese quality produce; sustainable livestock; landscape and the environment; and the wider rural economy and quality of life.
The Managing Authority responsible for EAFRD in Malta is the Funds and Programmes Division (FPD).
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