The Rural Network for Northern Ireland will support and promote rural development through the sharing of information, ideas and good practice. The Network seeks to connect delivery bodies and agents of the 2014 -2020 NI Rural Development Programme with all aspects of rural life from agri food & farming, to environment and forestry, tourism, business development, job creation, access to services and village renewal.
Programme delivery and policy makers from across the UK gathered in Belfast on 14th and 15th November 2017 at the first Rural Development and Networking Conference hosted by the 4 Regional Networks Support Units of the UK.
The LEADER Programme of the 2007 - 2013 Rural Development Programme supported over 1800 projects from across rural Northern Ireland. Funding supported farm diversification initiatives, business creation and expansion, service provision, tourism initiatives, heritage projects and renewable energy.