Covering a territory of about 70,000 km2, Georgia is slightly smaller than Austria. Over half of all employees work in agriculture, which, however, accounts for only 7,7percent of Georgia's gross national product. For the most part, agricultural enterprises operate at subsistence level. Government investments in modernising agriculture aim to change that.
IMPROVING CONDITIONS OF LIFE
In Georgia, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) aims at supporting national economic development and democratisation. Besides achieving tangible improvements in the conditions of life for its people, the central focus of Austrian Development Cooperation in Georgia is on strengthening the convergence with European institutions, standards and values. Together with representatives of Georgia, ADA has declared agriculture and forestry as well as good governance as priority sectors in their mutual efforts for better living conditions.
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
In Agriculture, which is the main focus of ADA's activities in Georgia, the Austrian support focuses on developing proper legislation as well as introducing modern agro-technologies and agro-management through so-called good agriculture practices (GAPs), demo-plots, trainings and direct assistance to beneficiaries.
Sustainable forest management
38 percent of Georgian territory are made up of forestland. The forests are not just put to economic use: They also perform important functions in preventing erosion, protecting the climate and storing water. The Austrian Development Agency therefore aims to improve sustainable forest and watershed management, but also to raise awareness about and establish education that protects the forests.
Georgia has been a priority country of Austrian Development Cooperation since 2011. The Austrian Development Agency maintains a field office in Tbilisi since 2013, and opened its first field office in Mestia (Svaneti) in 2019.