Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture

Modernizing vocational education and training (VET) and extension services in Georgian agriculture

Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP


With funds from the Government of Switzerland, UNDP is assisting Georgia to establish a modern system of vocational education and training in agriculture and introduce and an extension system for farmers. The project is being implemented in close partnership with the Georgian government - Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture and Ministry of Education and Science, as well as in collaboration with the educational institutions and the private sector.


  • Promote training and professional development of vocational teachers, extension officers and agricultural specialists.
  • Upgrade educational standards and curricula of the VET colleges.
  • Elaborate and implement the modular programmes in agriculture.
  • Provide farmers with the high quality training and extension services.
  • Improve access to resources, infrastructure and best practices for the regional and local agriculture entities.
  • Boost coordination and enhance policy planning at the national level.
  • Promote the new training methods in agriculture, such as work-based learning. Facilitate cooperation between the public and private sectors.
  • Develop institutional partnership between the Georgian and Euroepan VET colleges. Facilitate students/teachers exchange programmes, knowledge-sharing and collaboration.

Results so far

  • Development, piloting and introduction of the new educational standards and programmes, including up to 100 new training modules.
  • Quality training and advisory services for more than 10 thousand farmers offered by 8 vocational colleges and 7 public agricultural information and consultancy centers.
  • Public/private cooperation and partnership in the field of work-based learning. 

Contact information

Project address

7 Mtskheta Street
Tbilisi 0179 Georgia
+995 32 2250106

Contact persons

Konstantine Kobakhidze
Project Manager

Tamar Kitiashvili
VET Advisor

Tea Gulua
VET Specialist

Tamar Sanikidze
Extension Specialist

George Nanobashvili
UNDP Economic Development Team Leader



Project start date:

January 2012

Estimated end date:

January 2019

Focus area:

  • inclusive growth
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Georgia

    Implementing partner:

    Mim.of Education and Science

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Swiss Agy For Development & Co
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2018 $693,805

    2017 $1,561,869

    2016 $1,428,190

    2015 $1,219,881

    2014 $1,284,579

    2013 $590,934

    2012 $351,733

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