ISET is continuing to assist Georgia develop one of its most critical sectors: agriculture.

On October 20th, representatives of APRC presented the final results of its study on Livestock Farm-Enterprise Models in the Kakheti Region. The presentation was the final part of a study which stated in June 2016, the goal of which being to show successful models with potential to be replicated, and to contribute to market-oriented production of cattle and pigs in the region. The analyzed and documented models should open perspectives to local entrepreneurs in engaging in pre-industrial production, as well as the processing and trade of milk, beef and pork. The study presents options in overcoming resource-limited small-scale farming.

In what has been a decidedly international few months for ISET with recent visits to Japan, Norway and India (as well as a trip to Uzbekistan late October), yet another member of the institute's faculty has travelled abroad, this time to Germany.

On October 14-15, ISET's Pati Mamardashvili gave a presentation at the “World Economy and Comparative Development in Eastern Europe” workshop in Berlin, which brought together scholars from different countries to present and discuss their work on Eastern European economic research. The topics dealt with various fields in economics such as economic growth, agricultural economics, international economics, political economies and institutional economics.
Pati Mamardashvili presented her research on Georgia’s Agricultural Subsidy Program of Georgia, which was carried out by APRC researchers Rati Kochlamazashvili, Salome Gelashvili and Ia Katsia.

Facilitating cooperation among Georgia’s smallholders is one of the main focuses of the ENPARD project, of which ISET is a (small) part. ENPARD has been active in Georgia since 2013, and its work has been extensive and its efforts invaluable. An evaluation effort coordinated by the ISET Policy Institute has uncovered some interesting facts and figures from comparative analysis between 2014 and 2015.

Implemented by four NGO consortia since January 2014, in its first year ENPARD supported 82 cooperatives, with a total of 775 members (37% of whom were females), while in 2015, ENPARD endorsed a further 118 coops made up of 1180 members (34% of whom were females).

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