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EU-supported EMBRACE Tsalka Project Hosts a Series of Stakeholder Meetings in the Municipality

EU-supported EMBRACE Tsalka Project Hosts a Series of Stakeholder Meetings in the Municipality

Within the framework of the EU-supported EMBRACE Tsalka project, CENN hosted a series of stakeholder meetings in Tsalka municipality in the period of 7-11 June 2019. The meetings aimed to raise awareness on the objectives of the EMBRACE Tsalka project and begin preparations and planning to establish a Local Action Group (LAG) in the Municipality.
In partnership with the Georgian Farmers Association (GFA), CENN organized meetings with local farmers, youth and women groups. More than 50 participants joined the consultation meetings. CENN and GFA introduced the project and shared the procedures of joining the Tsalka LAG. In addition, the project coordinator from GFA informed farmers about opportunities of utilizing modern agricultural tools in Tsalka, as well as introduced the participants to retail opportunities in the agriculture sector.
Along with the consultations, high level meetings were held between CENN’s EMBRACE Tsalka project team and the visiting delegation from the Embassy of Greece in Georgia.  The Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Despoina Daoutakou, President of the Association of Greeks in Georgia, Evgenia Kotanidi, and Special Assistant to the Ambassador, Giorgi Diasamidze, attended the event. Representatives from Tsalka’s Greek community joined the meeting and attended the project presentation. Discussions on the importance of diversity and integration of various local communities in the project’s activities were discussed amongst the event participants.
The goal of the EMBRACE Tsalka project is to reduce rural poverty and improve living conditions in the municipality, addressing economic, social, and environmental concerns by improving agricultural competitiveness, promoting sustainable management of natural resources, and building climate-resilient rural economies and communities. In order to achieve this, the project introduces the European bottom-up rural development approach “LEADER” in Tsalka Municipality.
The project “EMBRACE Tsalka” is implemented under the ENPARD program by the EU’s partner organization CENN, in partnership with the Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA) and German partner organization, the Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS).
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.