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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Agricultural production and market systems» in Georgia

The HEKS/EPER Programme in Georgia is part of the South Caucasus Regional Programme. It strives to foster peaceful coexistence and improve living conditions in rural areas through income-generating activities and by empowering civil society. To boost their crop yields and incomes, smallholders broaden their knowledge of organic farming and improve their access to infrastructure, micro-credits and markets. And 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 its members with neutral information about politics, society and the current conflicts in the South Caucasus.

HEKS/EPER in Georgia

Facts

In South Caucasus, HEKS/EPER helped some 5400 fruit and milk producers increase their income in 2017.

560 young people developed a joint vision of peace through constructive dialogue.

 

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.