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February 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
EU supports Ajara Autonomous Republic to Set Rural Development Priorities for 2018-2020

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With the support of EU, the Rural Development Council of Ajara Autonomous Republic approved the Rural Development Action Plan on 28 February 2017. With total budget more than GEL 214 million, the Action Plan describes programmes and measures for the coming three years (2018-2020), aiming to increase the quality of life in rural areas, promote vibrant, resourceful and enterprising rural communities, enhance the sustainable use of natural resources, and assist the diversification of the agriculture-based rural economy. The implementation of this strategic document will support rural areas of Ajara to meet economic, environmental and social challenges referenced in the Ajara’s Rural Development Strategy 2016-2020.
 
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Employment Shuttle continues in Tetritskaro municipality through ENPARD Program
EU-supported employment shuttle programme was launched in Tetritskaro municipality three months ago. “With this process we try to prepare the project beneficiaries for real job-interviews. We had this simulation at the beginning of the program and today’s interviews were clear example of how they’ve grown and developed through this three months. That’s exactly the goal of our program, to help the participants in gaining and developing employment skills.” – says Nelly Revazishvili, RDFG project manager.
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EU-supported Local Action Groups from Borjomi and Lagodekhi convened to discuss the areas of cooperation
A two-day workshop of Borjomi and Lagodekhi Local Action Groups (LAGs) took place in Lagodekhi. Main goal of the meeting was to link Lagodekhi and Borjomi LAGs, exchange information and experience and discuss future plans and cooperation opportunities. The workshop was attended by around fifty participants, including members of Borjomi and Lagodekhi LAGs, representatives of EU partner organizations “Mercy corps” and “CARE”, implementing the projects in the two municipalities.
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EU-supported workshop for the empowerment of women entrepreneurs was held in Keda
The workshop, which took place under the EU’s ENPARD project “Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality (Keda LEADER)”, was carried out by the project implementing organisation CENN. It aimed at strengthening local women entrepreneurs in Keda municipality by giving them access to new opportunities and information throughout theoretical materials and discussion of practical cases. Amongst the participants were active women entrepreneurs, as well as those who plan to start business in future.
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Grant Competitions

EU-supported rural development grant competition is announced in Kazbegi

EU-supported rural development grant competition is announced in Lagodekhi
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Latest ENPARD stories
Rural Development Initiative - Ski Rental in Bakuriani

Rural development initiative promoting ski business and improving local tourism-related services assembled with EU funding:
🔹 Glass dryer booths for ski rental
🔹 20 skis
🔹 Special dryer facility for boots The initiative annually results around 1,800 customers benefit.

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EU-supported Agricultural Cooperative “Samegobro 2014”

EU-supported cooperative, founded by 5 members, could construct three new water tanks, build fence around the cooperative land, establish water supply system, roe and fry farming and purchase a pick-up car for transportation. Besides grant financing, the cooperative also received trainings and consultations.

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ENPARD in Media
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ENPARD Results and Future Plans in Radio Programme DCFTA Info – Radio Pirveli
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Success Story of “Khorgis Satburebi” – TV Pirveli
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EU Support to Rural Development in Georgia
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