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29.11.2016

Enhancing Small Farmers’ Cooperation and Productivity in Imereti and Racha Regions

In January 2014, PIN launched its new agriculture and rural development project that aims to contribute to the reduction of rural poverty in 9 municipalities of Imereti and Racha. This overall goal of the project will be achieved through the increase in farmers' incomes as a result of:

a) successful development of business-oriented small farmers' and entrepreneur groups empowere s empowered to improve efficiency of their business practices.

b) higher agricultural yields and volume of sales due to adoption of modern, improved farming, production, processing and marketing techniques.

The project will also support improvements in agribusiness environment and agriculture sector legislation through farmers' and rural populations' direct participation in policy making processes.  

To improve farmers’ incomes, the project will facilitate establishment of agricultural cooperatives, build organizational and business capacity of members, and support capitalization and operational capacity of the most business-oriented and robust cooperatives through competitive grants. This will allow farmers to improve economies of scale and ease access to support services and markets.

The project will also make a massive effort to strengthen technical skills of cooperative members through highly tailored trainings on modern farming, processing and marketing techniques, on-farm demonstrations, facilitation of market linkages and product promotion events. This will increase productivity of farms and agribusinesses, and improve product quantity, quality, cost-efficiency and overall marketability.

To make agribusiness environment and agriculture sector legislation more conducive to small and medium-scale farms and agribusinesses, the project will a) facilitate farmers’ and entrepreneurs’ participation in research events that aim to produce evidence for advocacy, and b) support farmers’ engagement in various fora that serve as mechanisms to voice farmers and entrepreneurs’ concerns and recommendations to decision-makers at the local, regional and national level.

Project direct beneficiaries will be at least 200 semi-commercial farmers and entrepreneurs who take part in cooperative and business plan development trainings, 330 - 450 members of newly-established cooperatives, and minimum of 100 farmers and other local actors who will support project advocacy efforts through participation in the regional forums, farmer-led field assessments and joint planning workshops. It is expected that in the longer-term perspective, the entire rural population of 9 target districts will benefit, directly and indirectly from the changes brought about by the project.

Implementation period: January, 2014 – June, 2017
 
Donor: EU’s European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD Georgia) , Czech Development Agency   

Partners: Biological Farming Association of Georgia “Elkana”,  Association of Young Economists of Georgia (AYEG)

Collaborator: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague 
 
Coordination with: Georgian Alliance of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentKutaisi Akaki Tsereteli State UniversityMinistry of Agriculture ’s Information Consulting Centres , Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia Agency for Agricultural Cooperatives’ Development (ACDA)

ibute to the reduction of rural poverty in 9 municipalities of Imereti and Racha. This overall goal of the project will be achieved through the increase in farmers' incomes as a result of:

a) successful development of business-oriented small farmers' and entrepreneur groups empowere s empowered to improve efficiency of their business practices.

b) higher agricultural yields and volume of sales due to adoption of modern, improved farming, production, processing and marketing techniques.

The project will also support improvements in agribusiness environment and agriculture sector legislation through farmers' and rural populations' direct participation in policy making processes.  

To improve farmers’ incomes, the project will facilitate establishment of agricultural cooperatives, build organizational and business capacity of members, and support capitalization and operational capacity of the most business-oriented and robust cooperatives through competitive grants. This will allow farmers to improve economies of scale and ease access to support services and markets.

The project will also make a massive effort to strengthen technical skills of cooperative members through highly tailored trainings on modern farming, processing and marketing techniques, on-farm demonstrations, facilitation of market linkages and product promotion events. This will increase productivity of farms and agribusinesses, and improve product quantity, quality, cost-efficiency and overall marketability.

To make agribusiness environment and agriculture sector legislation more conducive to small and medium-scale farms and agribusinesses, the project will a) facilitate farmers’ and entrepreneurs’ participation in research events that aim to produce evidence for advocacy, and b) support farmers’ engagement in various fora that serve as mechanisms to voice farmers and entrepreneurs’ concerns and recommendations to decision-makers at the local, regional and national level.

Project direct beneficiaries will be at least 200 semi-commercial farmers and entrepreneurs who take part in cooperative and business plan development trainings, 330 - 450 members of newly-established cooperatives, and minimum of 100 farmers and other local actors who will support project advocacy efforts through participation in the regional forums, farmer-led field assessments and joint planning workshops. It is expected that in the longer-term perspective, the entire rural population of 9 target districts will benefit, directly and indirectly from the changes brought about by the project.

Implementation period: January, 2014 – June, 2017
 
Donor: EU’s European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD Georgia) , Czech Development Agency   

Partners: Biological Farming Association of Georgia “Elkana”,  Association of Young Economists of Georgia (AYEG)

Collaborator: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague 
 
Coordination with: Georgian Alliance of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentKutaisi Akaki Tsereteli State UniversityMinistry of Agriculture ’s Information Consulting Centres , Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia Agency for Agricultural Cooperatives’ Development (ACDA)

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