HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Agricultural production and market systems» in the South Caucasus
In the South Caucasus HEKS/EPER is active in Georgia and Armenia. It strives to foster peaceful coexistence and improve living conditions in rural areas through income-generating activities and by strengthening civil society. To boost their crop yields and incomes, smallholders broaden their knowledge of organic farming and improve their access to infrastructure, micro-credit and markets. Besides, to strengthen social cohesion, HEKS/EPER supports its partner organizations in building a network which, in collaboration with opinion leaders, media and civil society organizations, provides members with unbiased information about politics, society and the ongoing conflicts in the South Caucasus.
Thanks to HEKS/EPER support provided in South Caucasus, 53 per cent of the 5000 fruit and milk producers were able to increase their yields. About 66 per cent were even able to increase their incomes, in part by securing better market prices. A total of 700 young people participated in peace workshops.
HEKS/EPER is active primarily in rural areas, where prosperity and quality of life for the poorest are closely bound up with properly functioning agriculture. This is often not the case, however, as depleted soil, poor transport routes or lacking know-how hamper profitable agricultural production. HEKS/EPER helps people engage in profitable and ecological agriculture. This calls for sustainable production techniques and a great diversity of products so as to be able to react to environmental risks and market changes. In order that produce can be marketed successfully, HEKS/EPER enhances smallholders' knowledge of the market and militates for market systems in which smallholders are able to survive. In so doing HEKS/EPER mediates between producing, processing and subcontracting enterprises.
Projects in Georgia and Armenia
South Caucasus Regional Programme
HEKS/EPER improves living conditions for rural dwellers in Georgia and Armenia through income-generating activities and civil society empowerment.