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Ecotourism in Ajara

Ecotours Georgia is Tbilisi based company that was established by wildlife conservationists and nature lovers with aim to develop sustainable tourism in Georgia. ALCP Ajara facilitated Ecotours Georgia to expand its activities in Ajara and add nature tours to stimulate rural tourism that is viewed as an opportunity to diversify and improve the local economy. Promotion of this sector can play a significant role in the sustainable development of Ajara rural areas, it can motivate farmers to expand their activities, open up a new selling market of locally sourced products for SSLP’s and link the consumption of local products to their place of origin.

To promote and raise awareness on rural tourism in Ajara region, promotional video was filmed in Ajara protected areas, high mountainous pastures and Batumi Botanical Garden showing the beauty of the local nature, traditions, wildlife, etc.
Follow the link to visit company's official website www.ecotours.ge 

Why the DCED Standard Matters to Us - Helen Bradbury, ALCP

DCED Global Seminar on Results Measurement was held in Bangkok from 14 to 16 March 2016. The presentations and discussions on the topics such as: measuring women's economic empowerment, assessing attribution, measuring job creation, and using results information to manage programmes - were included in the seminar, which is held in every two years by DCED. 130 participants from 38 countries, representing 52 organizations, field programmes and donor agencies - attended the event.

The ALCP presentation by Helen Bradbury (team leader) was named within the top three most appreciated seasons of DCED Global Seminar by the attended audience.

Video Lessons on Livestock Sector

Programme initiated preparing of video lessons on the livestock sector to improve farmer livelihoods by using internet and mobile technology that will provide access to qualified peer advice on how to maximize income from farming.  Mosavali, agro video producer, was financed to prepare 8 videos on the livestock sector, that was disseminated through social networks and is gaining viewers on the daily basis.

Here are topics and links for the videos:

Treatment for Antrax Disease

Cattle Nutrition

Birth of the Calves

Treatment for Brucellosis Disease

Proper Milking of Cow

Cattle Vaccination

Treatment for Foot and Mouth Disease

Treatment for Mastitis

The Road Full Movie

The Road – a beautifully shot documentary capturing the reality and dichotomies of the people who use the ancient transhumance route; the lifeline of livestock in Georgia

Produced by Eco Films http://ecofilms.ge/
Commissioned by ALCP

SEEP Network Webinar

On August 28, 2015, the SEEP Network and UN Women have organized webinar on Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment in Market Systems.  The webinar addressed questions such as: What are the main women's empowerment principles? What are the evaluation issues regarding women's economic empowerment (WEE)? How to make sure WEE is measured properly? in addition to providing practical advice for programmes attempting to measure WEE in the market systems effectively. Helen Bradbury (ALCP Team Leader), Elizabeth G. Dunn (Impact LLC President), Laraine Mills (UN Women) and Anna Falth (UN Women) shared their experience and perspectives on measuring WEE.

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An article Challenges Emerge for Women Entrepreneurs as a Result of the Covid-19 Pandemic  has been published on Civil Society Portal in Georgia as part of an essay competition. The woman entrepreneur-Zeinab in the article is the Director of the dairy enterprise Tsintskaro+Ltd in Tetritskaro, Georgia. The Alliances Programme, an SDC and ADA project implemented by Mercy Corps Georgia, has been facilitating this dairy since 2016. Zeinab wrote this article by herself and won the Civil Society Portal essay competition. The article comes at the right time. We all need this kind of encouraging information during the pandemic period. You might be interested in information on how businesses in Georgia are dealing with challenges caused by COVID-19 and can check our report COVID-19 Effects on the ALCP Clients Businesses.
Jara Honey Bio Production Grabs Newly Appointed Minister’s Interest
14/12/2020
The Jara Beekeepers Association (JBA) hosted the new Minister of Agriculture of Ajara Autonomous Republic. One Bio certified Jara beekeeper invited the Minister to Namonastrevi village in Keda to watch the Jara harvest. He also visited the Agro-Keda factory where KTW produce the Nena honey brand, to see the Bio honey production and packaging process following strict Bio standards. The JBA together with its members talked about their work, education materials they have disseminated among their members, results and planned activities. ‘Jara honey is an amazing product it’s tradition and now Bio certification. It has great export potential. Even though, the pandemic has significantly limited our budget, we will support the JBA to help ensure the sustainability of the Jara honey production and Bio certification.’ – Giorgi Surmanidze, Minister of Agriculture of Ajara. In a country first, there are now twenty four Bio certified Jara beekeepers, including the Jara apiary in the Goderdzi Alpine Garden. The Agro-Keda Factory, the only company commercially harvesting Jara honey, received Bio certification in October 2020, thus the company is eligible to sell the Bio certified Jara honey crop with a Bio label soon available in the supermarket chains throughout Georgia. The JBA is due to start selling the honey of its members under its own label from December this year. The Agroservice Center of the Ministry has already allocated a room in Keda municipality center for the JBA for the compliant packaging and labeling of its products. More details on Jara honey to be found on www.jarahoney.com. Photo source: The Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara Autonomous Republic
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