Project aim: to contribute to the sustainable agricultural development of selected mountainous regions of Georgia by securing their basic living conditions
- Project duration: 2022 – 2024
- Description: Although widely spread in mountainous regions of Georgia, livestock production is currently generating one of the lowest income from all livelihood activities conducted in rural areas, and thus not contributing much to socio-economic development of those areas. To address this problem, Caritas Czech Republic starts a new project that aims at increasing the income of the farmers living in Tusheti, Pshav-Khevsureti, and Khulo Municipality by changing their practices related to livestock breeding and feeding, animal health, and pasture management towards more sustainable and productive ones.
The specific objective of the project is to increase the incomes of selected farmers by ensuring efficient production resources and inputs, the necessary knowledge, market access and value-added opportunities. To this end, Caritas Czech Republic will train AI specialists, veterinarians and farmers in AI, proper vet care of animals, sustainable pasture management and production of fodder, and in proper livestock feeding and nutrition practices. We will also distribute matching grants for machinery, equipment and other inputs needed for livestock production development; we will train farmers in sanitary and phytosanitary standards, in business plan development and access to finances and we will facilitate the connections between farmers themselves and between farmers and buyers; B2B matching events for Czech and Georgian agro-companies will be also organized.
The specialty of the project is the involvement of the Local Action Groups (LAGs) from Khulo and Aragvi area in planned activities as well as the partnership with the CzechTrade to organize the incoming mission of Czech companies and assure membership of project beneficiaries in the Georgian Farmers Association.
The project will target 75 farmers from Tusheti, Pshav-Khevsureti, and Khulo Municipality. Also, Veterinarians, extension workers, AI specialists, buyers and middlepersons and Czech companies active in precision agriculture. Final project recipients will be families of the small-hold farmers (at least 200 persons) and broader communities of Tusheti, Pshav-Khevsureti, and Khulo Municipality.
- Project Results: Increased number of beef producing farms following sustainable and more productive cattle farming practices; Improved market access of selected farmers and their stable market position supported; Recipients for potential transfer of Czech know-how in precision agriculture identified.
- Donor: Czech Development Agency
- Budget: 400 000 Euros