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Agriculture: An Engine of Inclusive Growth in Georgia?
Any observer of the Georgian economy would probably agree that the country has too many people employed (or, rather, under-employed) in agriculture. Historically, many countries have experienced a secular decline in the share of employment (and GDP) related to the agricultural sector. Yet, Georgia has seen limited structural change out of agriculture (other than, perhaps, into seasonal or permanent labor migration).
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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.
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Tourism and Rural Development: The Case of Tusheti
In Georgia, it’s often said that tavisupleba mxolod mtebshia – freedom is only in the mountains. Indeed, the mountains have long shielded the small Georgian nation from much larger invaders, helping it maintain its freedom, as well as its unique culture, language, and faith.
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Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia: A Research Agenda
After many years on the back burner of the policy discussion in Georgia, issues related to agriculture and rural development now seem to be at the forefront of debate. And for good reason, as these issues are incredibly complex and have important implications, not only for those residing in rural areas but also for those purchasing agricultural products in towns and cities.
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Institutions, Politics, and Development
How can a society become more prosperous? This question has been on the minds of economists and policymakers for centuries.
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The Puzzle of Agricultural Productivity in Georgia (and Armenia)
While more than half of all jobs in Georgia are in the agricultural sector, agriculture’s share of value-added to GDP was only 11 percent in 2007 (World Bank).
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