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How ENPARD Works?

Provides capacity building and support to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and its line agencies in a range of topics, including:
  • policy making;
  • monitoring and evaluation;
  • development of an effective donor coordination system and co-ordination with other line agencies;
  • development and implementation of a human resources appraisal, training and development programme;
  • improvement of the extension service provision and advisory capabilities;

Results:

In order to increase agricultural production and reach economies of scale, by establishing business-oriented cooperation forms through a small farmers’ cooperation component. This support, primarily channelled through non state actors (Oxfam, Mercy Corps, Care, People in Need, UNDP), mainly consists of capacity building and complementary investment support.

Results:

  • Law of Georgia on Agricultural Cooperatives
  • Agricultural Cooperatives Development Agency (ACDA)
  • Law of Georgia on Agricultural Cooperatives adopted.
  • Agricultural Cooperatives Development Agency (ACDA) established.
  •  More than 1500 agricultural cooperatives uniting over 13,000 farmers have been established and registered in ACDA agricultural cooperatives database.
  • Over 1000 agricultural cooperatives supported with over GEL 6 million grants through the state aid programmes.
  • Over 250 cooperatives received direct funding and technical assistance with over EUR 4 million through ENPARD implementing partner organisations (Oxfam, Mercy Corps, People in Need, CARE International, UNDP Georgia).
  • Up to 7000 farmers trained through ENPARD implementing partner organisations (Oxfam, Mercy Corps, People in Need, CARE International, UNDP Georgia).
The programme supported creation of the extension systems for the agriculture sector, based on district level consultation & information centres. The aim of the extension system is to improve farmers’ knowledge of best agricultural practices, new technologies, and demand/supply existing on national and international markets.

Results:

  • 59 consultation and information centres established throughout Georgia.
  • Extension services are now available in all districts of Georgia, providing specific information and support services to small farmers, and farmer groups.
  • The staff of all the consultation centres trained to better serve the needs of the farmers and the rural population.
  • More than 250,000 small farmers benefited from the consultation and advice provided by the MoA district centres.
  • Agricultural cooperatives registered with ACDA are receiving support in the form of training and preferential financial assistance.
Supports diversification of non-agricultural activities and the development and management of environmental resources that contribute to sustainable economic development.

Results:

  • Rural Development Strategy of Georgia 2017-2020 and Action Plan for 2017 adopted on the basis of best practiced of rural development across Europe.
  • Since 2015, three pilot rural development projects in three municipalities (Lagodekhi, Borjomi, Kazbegi) have been implemented following the model of European LEADER approach.
  • Local Action Groups (LAGs) have been established in Lagodekhi, Borjomi and Kazbegi municipalities.
  • Local Development Strategies have been developed in Lagodekhi, Borjomi and Kazbegi municipalities.
  • Overall EUR 3 million has been allocated by the EU for the pilot rural development measures in all three municipalities.
  • With the three pilot rural development projects, EU has so far funded 85 local business initiatives in the areas of agriculture, tourism, social and rural infrastructure and environment, providing better employment to over 1000 rural households, and improving living conditions of over 54,000 rural population.
  • In 2016, under ENPARD II, three new rural development projects were launched in Akhalkalaki, Dedoplistskaro, Tetritskaro.
  • In 2017, under ENPARD II, two more rural development projects will be launched in Keda and Khulo in the autonomous republic of Adjara.