Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture

Establishing a high quality system of vocational education and training (VET) in agriculture and the extension services for farmers

Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/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, Science, Culture and Sport 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
Deputy Manager/VET Advisor

Tea Gulua
Knowledge Management and Innovations Specialist

Tamar Sanikidze
Agriculture and Farming Specialist 

George Nanobashvili
UNDP Economic Development Team Leader



Project start date:

January 2012

Estimated end date:

February 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 Agency For Development And Cooperation - Sdc
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $262

    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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