TUdi's Bulgarian partners, New Bulgarian University (NBU), successfully organised and hosted the third national stakeholder meeting on 16 May 2023 at the esteemed Institute of Soil Sciences "Nikola Poushkarov." The event attracted a diverse group of approximately 20 agricultural experts, policymakers, and farmers hailing from various regions across the country.
The attendees were greeted with a warm welcome from the NBU hosts, setting the tone for an engaging and insightful gathering. To kick-start the proceedings, the participants were introduced to the PESTE analysis surveys, a comprehensive tool that delves into the political, economic, social, technological, and environmental factors influencing four distinct categories of farms. These surveys aimed to capture valuable data from the participants, enabling an in-depth analysis of the most critical factors within each category for every type of farm.
Following the completion of the surveys, a short break provided an opportunity for the participants to recharge and interact with one another. After that, the NBU hosts skillfully guided a productive and dynamic discussion based on the results obtained from the PESTE analysis. Leveraging the findings, the participants engaged in an exchange of ideas, insights, and perspectives, fostering a collaborative environment that facilitated the identification of key challenges and opportunities within the agricultural sector.
The third national stakeholder meeting organised by NBU served as a crucial platform for knowledge sharing, networking, and consensus building. By gathering experts, policymakers, and farmers, the event played a vital role in fostering a holistic understanding of the intricate interplay between various factors shaping the farming landscape. The outcomes of this fruitful exchange will undoubtedly contribute to the development of informed policies, innovative farming practices, and sustainable agricultural strategies.