Developing the Livelihoods of Vulnerable Communities in Shida Kartli


 200 farming households received saplings of tomatoes, eggplants and peppers for their gardens. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined hands with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and European Union (EU) to improve wellbeing of the vulnerable in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia.

In 2012-2016, this initiative supported over 3,000 local residents, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities in seventeen villages,including for the twelve villages at the conflict divide and two settlements for Internally Displaced Persons. 

What We Did

We promoted sustainable agriculture practices through the assistance to small farmers’ cooperatives and agriculture extension centers, vocational training and demonstration plots. The project activities also included a number of infrastructure initiatives, such as the rehabilitation of kindergatens and restoration of drinking water supply. 

Project results

 Rehabilitated kindergarten in Dvani. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP
  • Over 700 small farmers received technical assistance for their fruit gardens and orchards, including for seedlings and fertilizers. 
  • Over 130 farmers attended vocational training in milk processing and bee-keeping.
  • 500 farmers benefitted from on-site consultations in horticulture. 
  • Twenty-one demonstration plots and eleven greenhouses have been established to assist farmers to grow tomatoes, eggplants and berries. 
  • A milk collection centre has been established in the village of Akhalubani to serve three neighbouring villages. 
  • Drinking water supply has been restored in the villages of Karaphila, Saribari, Zadiaantkari and Sakorintlo.
  • The kindergarten in Dvani has been fully rehabilitated and equipped. 
  • The kindergarten in Abano has been rebuilt and furnished.  
  • The Study of Sustainable Livelihoods was carried out in 2015 assisting local authorities to consider specific needs of the vulnerable villages in their regional development strategies. 

Who finances it

Total Budget US$ 895,070
EU/UNHCR US$  731,850
UNDP US$  163,220


UNDP US$ 80,000
EU/UNHCR US$ 128,681.89
EU/UNHCR US$ 90,203
UNDP US$ 60,000
EU/UNHCR US$ 342,903.55
UNDP US$   23,103.68

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