Lagodekhi benefits from new pilot project (12/11/2015)

Georgia and EU launch €3 million Rural Development component under ENPARD

Members of the press and the media are kindly invited on 12 November 2015, for the presentation of a new pilot project for rural development in Lagodekhi under the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).

The Lagodekhi pilot project is implemented by the international humanitarian NGO CARE in partnership with the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia and the ETEA Foundation, a rural development organisation from Andalusia. Journalists will also meet with the Gamgebeli of Lagodekhi Kakha Jamburia, who will be speaking about expectations and concerns regarding rural development in the region. Also attending the event will be Kaido Sirel, Head of Operations at the Delegation of the European Union to Gerogia, who highlight EU support for Rural Development in Georgia.

The media will also have the opportunity to learn about strategies, methods and innovative approaches in rural development on the ground, with a field visit to the guest houses and women’s agricultural cooperative in the village of Leliani. The event will also include an exhibition of handcrafts created by young people with special needs.

The presentation complements the recently held launching ceremony in the municipality of Stepantsminda, (Mtskheta-Mtianeti region) where the Lagodekhi project was presented along with two other pilot projects in Borjomi and Kazbegi. The projects received €3 million financial support from the EU and focus on the creation of Local Action Groups with representatives from local authorities, the private sector and civil society for the elaboration and implementation of local development strategies. The implementation of the projects is facilitated by international NGOs with recognised experience in rural areas of Georgia such as CARE-Austria (Lagodekhi), People in Need-Czech Republic (Kazbegi) and Mercy Corps-Scotland (Borjomi).

Background:

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

The rural development approach recognises the unique features of each territory and how communities and local authorities benefit from capacity building and support to identify and implement their own development strategies. On this basis, EU support to rural development over the next years will be expanded to other regions, helping Georgia establish a successful rural development policy following the best practices across Europe. The EU supports empowering ownership of local development processes in rural areas of Georgia, improving capacities and providing resources and incentives for better rural services and jobs in a variety of activities related to agriculture, eco-tourism and other rural businesses.

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