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April 2018
ENPARD Newsletter
European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD)

is the European Union’s programme for combating rural poverty in Georgia.

News headlines this month
Khulo Local Action Group visited Lagodekhi to Share Experience in Rural Development

Within the visit working meeting between Lagodekhi and Khulo LAG was organized during which both side presented implemented activities and future plans. Both LAG representatives visited business initiatives funded by EU in Lagodekhi municipality with the support of Lagodekhi LAG. Among them were rose greenhouse, children’s psycho-social rehabilitation center, strawberry greenhouse, cold storage facility and cucumber greenhouse.
Austrian partners visited Keda LAG in the framework of EU-supported ENPARD project
The Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR) visited Keda LAG under the EU-supported ENPARD programme implemented by CENN. The organization is actively involved as a consultant in the process of implementing LEADER approach in number of European countries. In Georgia, ÖIR together with CENN and other partner organizations works to strengthen capacity of Keda LAG and support the group in the development of the Local Development Strategy and share European practice.
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EU-supported Local Action Groups (LAGs) held the first joint workshop
In the framework of the EU-funded ENPARD, a two-day workshop of Local Action Groups (LAGs) took place in Batumi. The aim of the meeting was to bring together Georgian LAGs, to exchange experience and information and deepen cooperation. The workshop was attended by around forty participants, including members of Borjomi, Lagodekhi, Kazbegi, Akhalkalaki, Khulo, Keda, Tetritskaro and Dedoplistkaro LAGs, and representatives of implementing organizations in the above mentioned municipalities.
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Keda Local Action Group (LAG) Starts Working on the Local Development Strategy
Under the EU supported program Keda LEADER the board of the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) has hosted a workshop aiming at the identification of the sectoral directions for the further organization of the group’s work. The defined directions are: Development of tourism and business; Environmental protection, forest and biodiversity; Social and economic development of the rural areas; Youth, education, culture and sports; Healthcare and social issues; Public administration and public relations; Women empowerment and engagement in rural development.
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More News

EU, in partnership with UNDP, Supports Rural Development Workshops in 10 Regions of Georgia

EU supports Agrarian Committee of the Parliament of Georgia in arranging meetings in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region

EU, in partnership with UNDP, assists Georgia to build national network of Rural Development professionals

The first phase of EU-Supported Employment Shuttle in Tetritskaro has successfully finalized

Keda LAG Joined a Large Scale Environmental Campaign on Earth Day

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EU announces Call for Proposals under ENPARD III: Support to the development of livelihoods in disadvantaged rural regions of Georgia

UN FAO requests expressions of interests for the administration of individual and community applications under the European Union’s ENPARD III project

Khulo Local Action Group announces competition for school students for LAG logo ideas in Khulo municipality
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Latest ENPARD stories
Akhalkalaki Local Action Group

European Union in Georgia supports implementation of the rural development European #LEADER model in Georgia. This model involves local, private, public and civil sector in rural-related decision-making processes. LEADER approach is also being implemented in Akhalkalaki municipality where local LAG makes priorities and goals to fight against the problems in the municipality and to improve people’s lives in rural areas.

Potato production in Lentekhi – Cooperative “Zeskho”

Only two families live and spend the winter season in the village of Zeskho, Svaneti, left without communication networks. With the support from European Union’s ENPARD, they created a cooperative and decided to produce ecologically clean potatoes. The cooperative consisting of 9 members was financed by 25,000 EUR that led to purchasing a variety of modern equipment that simplified the working process.

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ENPARD in Media
EU-supported rural development initiatives in Lagodekhi – Rustavi2
EU-supported rural development initiatives in Kazbegi – Rustavi2
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Tradition of Guda Cheese Production Comes Alive in Tusheti with EU Support
The Story of the Cooperative “Alaznistavi”

“My greatest achievement is that I have revived an almost forgotten tradition. Now this will continue and nothing will hamper the process” - mentions Paata Abulidze, chairman of the cooperative "Alaznistavi".

“Alaznistavi” farm is located some 2,100 metres above sea level in Alaznistavi, in the northeast region of Tusheti. Far from highways and spread out across traditional grazing grounds, the cooperative is surrounded by stunningly preserved pine forests and ancient villages in ruins. The members of the cooperative make Tushetian cheese the old-fashioned way. Nomadic sheep breeding has always been a traditional occupation for the men of Tusheti and has played a role in the development of the local culture. The technology of Tushetian guda cheese production has been passed down from generation to generation. Matured in a guda – a traditional Georgian sack made from sheep or veal skin – the cheese boasts a truly distinct and unique flavor. But in the past 20-30 years, this centuries-old tradition has been replaced by plastic bags. Unfortunately, in the process, the cheese has lost its unique taste. Chairman of the “Alaznistavi” cooperative Paata Abulidze is in love with Tusheti and its traditions, and his ancestors date far back in the region. With the support from European Union in Georgia's ENPARD, Paata revived an almost forgotten tradition. He visits Tusheti on a seasonal basis to run the business.

Cooperative “Alaznistavi” Success Story see here

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