The HEKS/EPER Programme in Georgia is part of the South Caucasus Regional Programme. It strives to foster peaceful coexistence and improve economic prospects in rural areas through income-generating activities and the empowerment of civil society. To boost their crop yields and incomes, smallholders broaden their knowledge of sustainable and organic farming and of better and more profitable product marketing. Access to agricultural inputs and services, such as feedstuffs, veterinarians, machines, storage facilities and the like, is being improved. To enhance peaceful coexistence between Abkhazians, Georgians, Ossetians, Armenians and Azeris, HEKS/EPER partner organizations support the building of networks that provide opinion leaders, the media and civil society organizations with unbiased information about politics, society and the current conflicts in the South Caucasus.
HEKS/EPER support in South Caucasus in 2020 enabled 6650 fruit and milk producers to increase their earnings despite Covid restrictions. Launched in 2020, the Social Innovation Platform reached 1.2 million Facebook users, 80,000 became actively engaged in various projects and, of 183 submissions, five social projects will be funded in 2021.