On Friday, June 5th ISET hosted Loredana Sorg, Mercator Fellow of International Affairs, who gave a presentation titled "The Georgian Hazelnut Value Chain and the Potential of Cooperatives". The objective of the study was to understand how and at which level value is added, to identify critical elements for a competitive hazelnut production in Georgia and to reflect the potential of cooperatives for the development of the value chain and in particular for organic fair-trade hazelnuts.
According to the study Georgian hazelnut sector has gained both national and international attention over the last years. Different private, public and non-governmental actors have started initiatives to upgrade the Georgian hazelnut value chain for export or development goals. This talk summarized the particularities of the Georgian hazelnut value chain and findings from discussions with ETH students at a workshop at FAO in April, 2015.

On March 13 2015, ISET organized an agricultural trip to Chirina Ltd. located in the village of Martkopi and Animal Feed Producing Enterprise located in the village of Tsintskaro. ISET particularly organized this visit for the members of ISET faculty and graduate students from agricultural concentration to help them get familiar with the work of local Georgian Agricultural Enterprises.

ISETers first visited Chirina Ltd. in Martkopi, observed the facilities and the production process of the enterprise. Ms. Keti Vashakidze, the head of Department for Quality Management and Organizational Structure Development familiarized the guests with the history of the company, its achievements, mission and the process of production.

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