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ENPARD partners gathered to discuss the implementation of LEADER projects and plan joint activities

ENPARD partners gathered to discuss the implementation of LEADER projects and plan joint activities

18-19 July, Shekvetili – The partner organizations of the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) held a two-day meeting in Shekvetili, Ajara to share experiences in the implementation of EU-supported LEADER projects and plan joint activities.
The event brought together staff of ENPARD implementer organizations, members of Local Action Groups (LAGs) currently active in Georgia, representatives of the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA). The opening remark was delivered by Nodar Kereselidze, National Manager of UNDP’s ENPARD Project.    
During the meeting the discussions were focused on the priority topics such as development of fundraising capacities of LAGs, as well as elaboration of mechanisms for advocacy in support of development and sustainability of LAGs. In addition, the event participants summarized the existing results of Rural Development Programme in Georgia since 2015 and reviewed the new opportunities and prospects for improvements in agriculture and rural life in the country. 
The meeting was organized by ENPARD implementing international organization HEKS-EPER. 
The projects implemented in the framework of EU-financed ENPARD II have a common goal to reduce poverty in 12 municipalities of Georgia, namely in Keda, Khulo, Mestia, Tskaltubo, Akhalkalaki, Borjomi, Tetritskaro, Kazbegi, Tsalka, Akhmeta, Lagodekhi and Dedoplistskaro. Implementers of the projects are: CENN, Caritas – Czech Republic, CARE, People in Need, GIPA, Mercy Corps, RDFG, Action Against Hunger and HEKS-EPER.
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through the ENPARD programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and the third phases focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at www.enpard.ge.