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January 2018 / Issue N 1
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-supported €12 million agriculture development project is launched in Georgia

Improved access to finance, better services and inputs for farmers, rural households, and agricultural cooperatives and other rural SMEs, as well as improved capacity of the Georgia’s Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture (MEPA) will make Georgia’s agricultural sector more competitive. That is exactly the objective of the new €12 million project under the third phase of EU-funded ENPARD, implemented by FAO. The agreement for the five-year project – “FAO support to Georgian agricultural sector under ENPARD III” – was signed by Mr. Levan Davitashvili, the Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture (MEPA) and Mr. Raimund Jehle, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representative in Georgia.
The Local Action Group (LAG) established in Keda Municipality
With the support from the European Union, the Local Action Group (LAG) was officially established in Keda Municipality as a result of active information and mobilization campaigns conducted by CENN and Institute of Democracy. LAG Board Members have been elected. In total LAG unites 266 members, out of this 40% are women. The sectors are distributed as follows: Public Sector – 36%; Civic – 14%, Private – 50%. As for geographical coverage, LAG have the representatives from all (9) communities of Keda Municipality.
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Local Action Group (LAG) management board elected in Khulo municipality
The LAG management board was elected in Khulo municipality. The board elections were preceded by the General Assembly meeting, which introduced LAG management board election procedures and structure of the Khulo LAG. The Khulo LAG board is composed of 15 members. Out of 15 board members, 8 represent civil sector, 5 members are from public and 2 from private sector. There are 111 members in Khulo LAG, 24 women and 18 youth. 24.4% of the members are from private sector, 48.6% from civil and 27% from public sector.
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ENPARD partner CENN hosted the first steering committee and LAG networking meeting
Senior representatives of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara, EU Delegation to Georgia, ENPARD implementing partners and Local Action Groups (LAGs) gathered at the first Steering Committee and LAG networking meeting organised by ENPARD partner Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN). The event took place within EU-supported project “Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality”.
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Grant Competitions

ENPARD Partner International Organization “Mercy Corps” and Borjomi Local Action Group (LAG) Announce Grant Programme for the Development of Borjomi Municipality

Within the EU-funded ENPARD II programme “HEKS-EPER” announces a grant competition in Dedoplistskaro municipality
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Latest ENPARD stories
Akhalkalaki LAG Members Visit Kazbegi

The members of the newly established Akhalkalaki LAG visited Kazbegi to learn from the experience of the colleagues from Kazbegi LAG. The information sessions were held on the development of local development strategy and the implementation of EU-supported grant programmes.

Cooperative Members’ Register

🔹 How cooperative members are registered?

🔹 What are the procedures for registering a cooperative members in an official state register?

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ENPARD in Media
Under ENPARD III €12m agriculture development project kicks off in Georgia – TV Pirveli
With EU support FAO launches €12m agriculture development project in Georgia – Georgian Public Broadcasting
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ENPARD Publications
Is Less, More? On “Usakhelauri” Wine

🍇Usakhelauri is an ancient red-wine grape variety unique to Georgia. The grapes are cultivated in just a couple of villages in the Lechkhumi region (West Georgia), as this variety can only grow in the specific areas (micro zones) of this region. One season can only produce a couple of hundred tons of these rare grapes in Georgia. The unique and rare semi-sweet wines produced from this grape variety sell for 150-170 GEL (60-70 USD) per bottle. Wine prices still vary a lot even for wines produced with similar grape varieties and wine-making techniques. Why do consumers pay a lot for some wines and not for others? Are some wines hundreds and thousands of times better than others? Many interesting info about Usakhelauri and other rare wine characteristics available in ISET blog!

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