Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) supports national efforts to promote food security and sustainable development. FAO priorities in Georgia reflect the objectives and priorities of the Government set in the strategy papers related to agricultural development. In essence, FAO assists the country in putting agriculture and food security information within reach by serving as a knowledge network; sharing policy expertise by lending its years of experience in devising the agriculture policy, supporting planning, drafting effective legislation; creating national strategies and bringing knowledge to the field – putting it to the test in tens of projects at the country level.
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Capacity Development of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia under ENPARD I
Project duration: 2013-2017
With the financial support of the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), FAO implements the project “Capacity Development of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia”. The project aims to improve the competitiveness of the agricultural sector in Georgia through supporting improved policy making and effective implementation of the Strategy for Agricultural Development.
The main project objectives are to: (1) improved efficiency of the MOA so as to enable it to manage measures arising from the Strategy for Agricultural Development, (2) support implementation of the EU agriculture and rural development support programmes in Georgia; (3) assist the MOA in implementing specific components of the Strategy for Agricultural Development which are directly targeted by the EU’s ENPARD Georgia Programme, and (4) improved overall donor coordination in relation to development and implementation of agriculture and rural development programmes across Georgia.
The project supports the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) to establish and manage a policy unit. This includes systematic data collection and research, information analysis, preparation of policy papers and presentation of recommendations. As well as that, the project develops a human resources appraisal, training and development programme to increase the qualification of key team members of the MoA. Distance learning courses and study tours are also included.
Additionally, the project strengthens farmer cooperation through regional workshops and other proactive activities. These activities are expected to improve the efficiency of MoA which will enable it to manage measures arising from the Strategy for Agricultural Development. To improve overall donor coordination in relation to the implementation of agriculture and rural development programmes across Georgia.
Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia under ENPARD II
Project duration: 2017-2019
The project aims to strengthen the Ministry of Agriculture’s capacity for effective policy-making and effective implementation of the Strategy of Agriculture Development of Georgia (SADG), as well as the Rural Development Strategy of Georgia (RDSG) 2017-2020. It is expected that the project activities will positively impact food production in Georgia and parameters of rural poverty. The main project partner is the Ministry of Agriculture, including its decentralized services (such as RICs and ICCs) and the agencies that depend on the Ministry of Agriculture. The ultimate beneficiaries are farmers, farmers’ associations, cooperatives, rural families and stakeholders such as the private sector or Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs). Particular focus is given to capacity building within Government extension and advisory agents that support the development of agriculture and rural communities, to enable sustainability and to maximize impact.
Support to Georgian Agricultural Sector under ENPARD III
Project duration: 2018-2022
From January 2018, FAO is implementing the EU-funded programme “FAO support to Georgian agricultural sector under ENPARD III”. The Project consists of three main areas of work; 1) technical assistance to the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture (MEPA) and its agencies, provided by national and international FAO consultants and technical officers; 2) the provision of individual grants to small farmers, rural entrepreneurs, cooperatives, SMEs and municipalities for investments to improve their overall competitiveness and 3) the implementation of extension strategy piloting activities comprising various types of demonstration, information dissemination, engagement and other training activities for farmers.
The main project partners are on one side the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), including its field agents – Regional Information Centres (RIC) and Information and Consultation Service Centres (ICCs); the policy implementing arms, such as APMA and ACDA. On the other side the project is implemented in partnership and close cooperation with the LEADER Local Action Groups created in eight municipalities in Georgia with the support of the ENPARD Programme. Also, this project complements the project under ENPARD III “Improving Rural Development in Georgia”, implemented by UNDP.
The ultimate beneficiaries are farmers, farmers’ associations, cooperatives, rural enterprises and entrepreneurs, rural families and other stakeholders.
FAO together with its partners will be aiming to achieve the following results:
Improved capacity, management practices and technical knowledge of the MEPA and other relevant institutions to enhance sustainable policies
Improved access to finance, inputs and services for farmers, rural households, cooperatives and other rural SMEs, leading to increased competitiveness of the agriculture sector
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