On 19-20 July, within the framework of the “Keda Leader” project, which is being implemented with the support of the EU ENPARD program, Institute of Democracy, CENN and the Board of Keda Local Action Group (LAG) held meetings with sectoral subgroups of Keda LAG. The participants of the meetings, reviewed the final version of the Keda Rural Development Strategy (RDS) and its strategic directions. The participants also developed a result-oriented action plan for the following four main directions:
Development of agricultural value chains;
Diversification of rural economic activities through development of SMEs and tourism;
Environmental protection, sustainable management of natural resources and disaster risk reduction;
Education, culture, sports and support of youth activities.
LAG members discussed into the details the components of each direction and identified the relevant stakeholders and potential sources of funding. During the final meeting, LAG Governing Board made an overview of the action plan developed by sectoral subgroups of LAG.
In August, intensive informational meetings about newly developed RDS will be held with the representatives of the local government and the Ministry of Agriculture of Autonomous Republic of Adjara.
At the same time, the LAG and project team are working on the development of Grants Manual. Besides, the announcement of the first grant competition is planned for the period of September-October 2018.
The project “Keda Leader” is implemented with the financial support from the EU by CENN, in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR).
The EU supports agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. The programme has been implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million (2013-2022). The main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. More information about ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge