Modernizing Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Extension Related to Agriculture in Georgia


A food processing plant in Kachreti Professional College. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDPA food processing plant in Kachreti Professional College. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Georgia is rich in the agricultural tradition and has a great natural potential - both are excellent pre-requirements for vital agricultural and rural development. Although the yearly agricultural output is 3,3 billion GEL, or 9,3 % of the GDP, the agricultural potential is not fully enabled by rural population. The agricultural sector, which has been in ‘transition mode’ for 25 years, is still a low productivity and low growing sector in Georgia’s economy.

The current performance of the agricultural sector and non-advanced alternative income sources result in a high poverty rate of rural population, which makes up 42.6 percent according to the 2014 Census. Both, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia as well as the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia are addressing reform needs in the agricultural knowledge system.

With funds from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), UNDP is assisting Georgia to establish a modern system of vocational education and training mainly in agriculture and support the qualification of agricultural extension officers across the country. The Vocational and Education and Training (VET) System will concentrate more on skills for practical farming and processing, while the Extension Service in Agriculture is moving towards a demand driven approach.

What We Do

We contribute to the development of a high quality vocational education and training system (VET system) in Georgia with the main focus on agriculture, to the establishment of the well performing agriculture extension system for farmers, and to the improvement of livelihoods of the rural population in Georgia.

We assist with:

  • Promoting training and professional development of vocational teachers, extension officers and agricultural specialists;
  • Upgrading of educational standards and curricula for vocational education and training in the field of agriculture;
  • Elaborating and implementing of modular programmes at VET Colleges;
  • Delivering high quality training and extension services to farmers;
  • Improving access to resources, infrastructure and best practices for the regional and local agriculture entities;
  • Boosting coordination and enhancing policy planning at national level;
  • Establishing a cooperation mechanism to bring together stakeholders from the public and private sectors like work-based learning;
  • Developing institutional partnership between VET colleges from Georgia and Europe and coordinating the exchange of VET teachers and VET students.

Results so far

 The open-doors day in a vocational college in western Georgia. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP
  • New Educational Standards and Programmes, including for up to 100 training modules.
  • More than 10 thousand farmers receive quality training and advisory services in eight vocational colleges and seven public agricultural information and consultancy centers.
  • Public and private cooperation and partnership in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and extension services.
  • Knowledge Needs in Georgian Agriculture. 2016

    The research aims to understand knowledge gaps of Georgian farmers, predict structural and social changes in Georgia’s agriculture and suggest appropriate policy interventions to mitigate or encourage these changes.

  • Hazelnut Growing and Processing. 2016

    Comprehensive information and precise instructions about the hazelnut production process from setting up a plantation to harvesting, storage and processing.

Who finances it

TOTAL US$  6,432,729
SCO US$  6,332,729
UNDP US$     100,000


2015 US$ 1,029,086
2014 US$ 1,211,255
2013 US$ 1,029,086

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