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Nov
21

Agricultural Cooperatives Fishing for Competitiveness

Located in a beautiful gorge between Nabeghlavi and Bakhmaro, Chkhakaura village is home to tough Guruli trout fishermen. The village is difficult to reach even in a sturdy 4x4 SUV, but this does not prevent locals from taking advantage of dilapidated Soviet infrastructure and unique natural conditions to grow trout. They are five men, ages 20 to 45, who have been in joint trout farming business for more than 4 years, selling fish, roe and fry in the nearby Nabeghlavi and Bakhmaro villages. Nabeghlavi and Bakhmaro happen to be premier Georgian mineral wa...
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Yes, a new government agency created to register farmer coops...
Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:12 AM
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Is ACDA an agency of the Georgian government?
Friday, 21 November 2014 9:09 PM
Guest — Sulkhan Khalvashi
Dear Eric,Can you share "Samegobro 2014”'s contact information?I represent the company who is interested in buying products from l... Read More
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Oct
07

The Economic Potential of Georgian Wine

Winemaking is one of the oldest Georgian traditions that have survived to this day. Archaeologists have proved that the history of Georgian wine production reaches back into the past at least 8000 years. Arguably, this makes Georgia the earliest place on earth where wine was produced. And the tradition is alive – today there are not just big wine firms, but it is common among ordinary Georgians to grow grapes and produce their own, home-made wine. The great history of Georgian winemaking has been acknowledged internationally. Since July 2012, G...
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A nice read. "Only the government could create a country brand, and this is something that should be seriously considered." This i... Read More
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:11 AM
Guest — Simon Appleby
In the southern hemisphere, State national wine promotion in many cases was superseded or supplemented by industry-based promotion... Read More
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 2:02 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
In Georgia's specific circumstances, there is another problem with both private and public funding to promote Georgia as a brand. ... Read More
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 4:04 AM
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Oct
03

Pride and Prejudice in Georgian Food Consumption

GEORGIAN “SUPRAS” AND POVERTY Hospitality is one of the most prized aspects of the Georgian culture. Welcoming (literal translation: "respecting") guests is a matter of great pride for any family. My mother grew up in a small Imeretian village, and as she tells me, the kids of the family were not allowed to eat until the guests were fully "respected", i.e. properly fed. Even the poorest household in the village would go out of its way (and income) to impress its guests with a cornucopia of local delicacies, meats, veggies, and homemade wine. To this day,...
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Guest — Zurab Garakanidze
'...every third household reports difficulties in access to food (in contrast with every 5th urban household)' ----------- It is n... Read More
Monday, 06 October 2014 5:05 AM
Guest — Nino Doghonadze
Dear Zurab, of course, your point is legitimate for any extensive research on this topic. In this short article the main issue was... Read More
Saturday, 11 October 2014 2:02 PM
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Jul
07

Survival of the Fittest in Georgian Agriculture

The conclusion of the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union was euphorically acclaimed by Georgian media as well as political and economic decision makers. Part of the AA is the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The DCFTA is intended to liberalize trade between Georgia and the EU by lowering tariffs and reducing non-tariff barriers. For agriculture, the most relevant changes relate to food safety (bacterial contaminants, pesticides, inspection, and labeling) as well as animal and plant health (phytosanitation). For the man...
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May
30

Farmer Groups: Why We Love Them and When They are Successful

There are many reasons to love the concept of farmer cooperation (and cooperation more generally). To begin with, there is a great aesthetic value in seeing people coming together, sharing resources and helping each other. After all, instinctive collectivism was the basic condition of human existence from time immemorial. But, there are also powerful economic reasons for farmer cooperation. Smallholders are often too small to independently access markets, and can be easily exploited by middlemen and local monopolies. Service cooperatives can increas...
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Government compelling corporations to integrate smallholders into their supply chains works in countries where the market pull for... Read More
Sunday, 22 June 2014 10:10 AM
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May
16

Towards a Globalized Peasant Agriculture

In my essay on economic development (“What worked”, MESSENGER, July 3/2013) I cited the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on “A New Global Partnership” (UN Publications, 2013) that aims at eradicating absolute poverty and transform national economies through sustainable development. Thus, in the chapter on “goals and global impact” the Panel stresses that poverty must be reduced while mitigating global climate change and promoting a “low-carbon trajectory”. The key contributors to achieving this goal are: more sustainable transport infrastructure; impr...
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