Capacity Building of Agricultural Cooperatives (CBAC)

Contract partner: GFA - Georgian Farmers AssociationCountry: Georgien Funding amount: € 770.000,00Project start: 01.09.2015End: 31.10.2018

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall objective is increasing competitiveness of agricultural cooperatives in selected value chains in South Georgia by improving the Government policy framework on cooperatives and through financial as well as technical assistance to cooperatives. The project purpose is to create successful models of cooperative value chains which enable equal opportunities for sustainable socioeconomic development.


Expected results

The expected results are: (1) Policy recommendations are considered in the policymaking process; (2) Sustainable agricultural cooperatives are established in selected value chains in the target region.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries are:

1) Policymakers (ministries), policy implementers (state agencies) and policy advocates: (GFA, agri unions/associations, agricultural educational institutions) and up to 150 cooperatives will benefit from the value chain analysis and consequent policy recommendations.

2) 30 cooperatives and at least 120 members will receive technical assistance in form of trainings. At least 10 cooperatives with at least 40 members ( least 4 ethnic minorities ,10 women (25%) and youths (25%) will benefit from matching grants of up to EUR 30,000 and custom-tailored technical assistance.

3) Indirect beneficiaries are up to 450 members of families of cooperative members and permanent employees.


1)value chain analysis

2)technical assistance in form of trainings

3)grant scheme support


The project actively cooperates with the Agriculture Cooperative Development Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Caucasus Environmental NGO Network CENN and International School of Economics ISET.

project number8336-00/2015
source of fundingOEZA
sector Landwirtschaft
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Gender: 1, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.