Georgian Universities and the EU launch a new Academic and Research component under ENPARD (30/10/2015)

The European Union, Limerick University of Ireland, Agricultural University of Georgia and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) launched the Academic and Research component of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) project, on Friday 30 October 2015 at 12:00 at Kakha Bendukidze University Campus.

Strengthening the Agrarian education and boost the Civil Society/Research institutions involvement into the development processes, is vitally important for the development the Agriculture system in general. ENPARD aims to build capacity in the agriculture research sector in Georgia with two new projects with a budget of €350,000 (approx. GEL918,000) each, running for 18 months.

The first project, facilitated by Limerick University of Ireland together with Agricultural University of Georgia focuses on empowering civil society for influencing policy development, as well as strengthening the role of the higher education and research institutions in Agriculture. The project also aims the capacity building of Rural and Agriculture Policy and Development Institute (RAPDI)

The second project, facilitated by the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) with the support of the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) and PMC Research, aims to build capacity of regional universities through trainings and joint research into key problem areas. The project will also boost the capacity of universities to advise regional bodies on agricultural development, support their contributions to regional development plans and promote their role among key stakeholders, such as local governments, agribusinesses, cooperatives and farmers.

Background

Georgia is at present benefitting from €52 million in support to agriculture and rural development through ENPARD. For more programme information, please visit www.enpard.ge

For more information about ENPARD in Georgia, please contact:

Delegation of the European Union to Georgia: Communications Manager, Mikolaj Bekasiak,

Mikolaj-Swietopelek.BEKASIAK@eeas.europa.eu

Action Global Communications: ENPARD Communications Unit, Ms Maia Chitaia,

maia.chitaia@actionprgroup.com; tel. 599 490 012