Land O'Lakes International Development is leading an innovative, demand-driven Safety and Quality Investment in Livestock (SQIL) project to improve food safety and quality within Georgia’s dairy and beef value chains. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (via Food for Progress) and aims to reduce losses, improve food safety and quality from farm to fork, and to boost competitiveness, productivity, and trade within the Georgian dairy and beef market systems.

Partnered with Michigan State University and the Georgian Farmers’ Association, Land O’Lakes will implement interventions to support entrepreneurs and competitiveness within the dairy and beef market systems. SQIL initiatives also reflect a commitment to increasing opportunities for women and young people, and an improved commitment to climate change. The SQIL will employ an integrated approach with six interlinked components:

Windbreaks have a significant positive impact on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. While the positive impacts of windbreaks have been acknowledged by various stakeholders, due to Georgia’s poor socio-economic conditions, most existing windbreaks have been destroyed and require restoration.

Research identifies the need for state intervention in order to:

• Protect soil from erosion;

• Increase soil productivity and thus agricultural production;

• Regulate windbreaks so that interested parties can work within this field;

On April 3rd, 2015, the government of Georgia adopted the Technical Regulation on Milk and Dairy Products that was enacted on August 1st, 2015. The technical regulation aims “to determine unified principles for regulating production, processing, and distribution of milk and dairy products as well as the protection of customers’ rights”. It provides definitions of terms “milk and dairy products”. The main objects of the regulation are raw milk and cream, drinking milk and cream, lactic acid products, butter, cheese and cheese products, and byproducts of milk (products obtained while processing dairy products).

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