Sustainable Agriculture in Ajara


 Berry plantation in Kobuleti equipped with the modern drip watering system. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP


A sustainable agriculture system and effective rural development is one of the major national challenges and strategic priorities of Georgia. Even though country is rich in agrobiodiversity and natural resources, agriculture remains a non-competitive and low value added sector of economy.

In 2013-2016, Georgia saw one of the largest assistance to the field – European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD I) aimed at reviving the sector in Georgia, including Ajara region, through training farmers, supporting farmer-to-farmer programmes, introducing sustainable agricultural practices, establishing cooperatives and extension centers and strengthening the respective national and regional agencies. 

The current project builds on the experiences and successes of the ENPARD-1 and continues advancing implementation of Ajara’s Regional Development Strategy adopted in 2011 and supporting small farmers’ organizations in the region.

What we do

UNDP works hand in hand with the Government of Ajara Autonomous Republic to drive the regional and agricultural strategies ahead and help farmers of the region run successful, profitable and high-yielding farms. 

Expected results

  • Improvement of the quality and results of extension services provided to farmers;
  • Increased number of business oriented small farmers groups, associations and other forms of profit-based collaborative unions
  • Enhanced productivity and commercial effectiveness of individual farmers’ and their cooperatives through high value-added supply chains in the agricultural sector;
  • Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara Autonomous Republic strengthened to implement the regional development strategy and related programmes through conducting strategic/structural studies to investigate performance effectiveness and deepening partnerships with academia, civil society and other

Who finances it

Government of the Ajara Autonomous Republic
US$ 530,395.76                  



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