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Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)

Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) was established in 1994. The Georgian Rural Development Department (GRDD) of GIPA is the successor of a USDA-funded program launched in June 2003 and managed by GIPA since April 2005. The GRDD of GIPA promotes rural development and an improved quality of life for Georgia’s rural population through knowledge-based agricultural education. Specific activities include providing a wide variety of services such as education and capacity-building, institutional development, designing sustainable socio-economic solutions for conflict and economically depressed zones, policy making and administration in the fields of agriculture, rural development and project management. Key fields of expertise and intervention are agriculture, veterinary, animal health, food safety, agricultural statistics, agro-business, professional and vocational education and the rural economy.
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Promoting a New Rural Development Approach in Akhalkalaki
With the support of the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), GRDD of GIPA implements the project “Promoting a New Rural Development Approach in Akhalkalaki.
Project duration: 2016-2020
Total budget: EUR 2 million
Overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of poverty in Georgia through a new and innovative methodology to rural development. Together with project partners GIPA intends to promote a bottom-up, inclusive rural development approach in Akhalkalaki that fully engages all communities in the municipality and specifically women and youth. Project duration – 2016-2020.

Empowering Modern Research Practices of Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions
GRDD of GIPA, in partnership with the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) and PMC Research Center, is implementing the Empowering Modern Research Practices of Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions project funded by European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD Georgia). The overall objective of the action is to increase the capacity of regional agriculture-related education and research institutions to meet the challenges within the agriculture, food processing, environment and rural development sectors according to international standards and in response to the identified lack of research capacity existing and being utilized therein. The project targets three direct beneficiaries from three different regions of Georgia:  Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, Samtskhe-Javakheti State University of the Samtskhe-Javakheti Region and Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University of the Kakheti Region.
Project duration:  2015-2017

Strengthening farmers’ cooperatives in rural municipalities of Georgia
GRDD of GIPA is implementing partner of Mercy Corps in EU European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD) program – “strengthening farmers’ cooperatives in rural municipalities of Georgia”. GIPA is responsible for the implementation of activities related to policy and lobbying/advocacy. Certainly, GRDP of GIPA will establish regular fora for dialogue between farmer groups, service providers and the government sector in the target municipalities of Imereti and Shida-Kartli regions. Activities includes: Facilitation of the orientation sessions provided by the government to farmer groups (FGs) and Agricultural Service Providers (ASPs) on agriculture related legislation; Trainings to the government representatives and local regional authorities on conveying agricultural strategy to public, effective inter-intra government communication, awareness raising on gender legislation and its implementation; Trainings in gender provided by GRDP of GIPA to FGs and ASPs, including topics designed specifically to improve gender awareness, taking into consideration national and international legal rights related to women, men, boys and girls; national laws promoting gender equality, and labor, health, educational issues related to each group.
Project duration: 2014-2018