Rural development is by nature multidisciplinary and affects the multiple facets of rurality in relation to fair and balanced socio-economic and environmentally sustainable development. ADE has been involved in the evaluation of Rural Development Programmes (RDPs – the second pillar of the CAP) at the EU level, and in member states at national and regional levels, since the 1990s.
In partner countries, ADE evaluates various rural development programmes covering the agro-economics field.
In France, Belgium (Wallonia) and Luxembourg, ADE has taken part in ex ante, ex post and ongoing evaluations of RDPs for the last four programming periods. We continue to work in this field of rural development intervention, which is included in CAP Strategic Plans at the national level for the 2022-2027 period.