Training on EU’s LEADER Approach Brings Together Local Action Groups in Adjara

Jun 1, 2017

Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Up to 50 representatives of Local Action Groups in Adjara known as AMAGs (Active Citizens’ Local Unions) from Keda, Khulo, Shuakhevi, Khelvachauri and Kobuleti participated in the EU’s LEADER training, which took place on 29 May - 1 June in Shuakhevi and Kobuleti, Adjara.

The participants of the training received information about the European model of rural development, based on seven key principles of EU’s LEADER approach. In addition, the participants were informed on the rural development policy in Georgia, key stakeholders involved, role of local partnerships, local strategy and resource allocation, as well as institutional set-up and functioning of existing Local Action Group in the country.

Government of Adjara facilitates the process of establishing AMAGs to encourage the local rural development process. The initiative follows the EU-supported community-led rural development actions under ENPARD in the municipalities of Borjomi, Lagodekhi and Kazbegi, as well as recently supported projects in Dedoplistskaro, Tetritskaro, Akhalkalaki, Keda and Khulo. At present, 46 AMAGs list up to 700 community members all over Adjara. The training aimed to support capacity development of the newly established AMAGs and to increase awareness of their leaders on the European approach to rural development and the EU supported practices in Georgia, including its Adjara region.

The event took place in the framework of the European Union's Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).  It was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara AR.

The EU is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 102 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information is available on the ENPARD website. 

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