Inclusive Rural Development and Sustainable Agriculture

Contract partner: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Georgien Funding amount: € 4.000.000,00 Project start: 01.11.2023 End: 31.10.2027

Short Description:

Overall goal

The project aims to help reduce disparities between urban and rural areas, increase the income of the rural population, including women, youth and vulnerable groups, and improve the participation of all actors in local development. It contributes to increasing the competitiveness of the agricultural sector, increasing food production and reducing rural poverty with a focus on reducing inequality. Supporting a gender-responsive, inclusive, and participatory approach to rural development in selected communities is also a project objective.

Expected results

The project's outcomes are aligned with the thematic focus area of sustainable rural development and the enhancement of livelihood opportunities, as stipulated within the Framework Strategy of the Austrian Development Cooperation concerning the EU Eastern Partner Countries. The successful realization of these objectives is expected to catalyze significant positive change in the Georgian agricultural landscape, with far-reaching implications for rural development and economic growth.

The main outputs of the project are:

• Output 1. Gender-responsive, inclusive and participatory rural development approach supported in selected municipalities.

• Output 2. Policy advice provided to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MEPA) and municipal governments on gender-responsive and socially inclusive rural development and specifically on youth inclusion.

• Output 3. Capacities of farmers, producers’ groups, youth, women as well as ex-tension service providers related to sustainable food systems are increased.

• Output 4. Awareness of population on cross-cutting issues in rural development is increased at national level.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The project will be implemented by FAO. The main partner of the project is MEPA to introduce institutional adjustments and innovations supported by the project. One of its local partners will be Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA), which will support in implementation of selected activities identified by FAO during the Inception Phase of the project. GFA is one of the largest and experienced agricultural associations in Georgia. Engagement of GFA in the project implementation will ensure availability of local expertise required for those activities. In addition, participation in the project implementation will further strengthen the capacities of the partner on the ground.

The main beneficiaries are the inhabitants of the selected communities, including rural households, agricultural producers, youth, women, and local authorities, as well as MEPA and its extension services. The project is expected to reach a total of 13,100 direct beneficiaries and 41,300 indirect beneficiaries.


- Development of local initiative groups in two communities, which then participate in the design of development plans ("Community Development Action Plans" or "Municipal Rural Development Strategy") and draft investment plans for them.

- Establishment of so-called "Farmer Field Schools", in which the beneficiaries can increase and exchange their knowledge about cultivation methods, value chains, financing, etc.

- Organize "National Agricultural Olympics" to inform and sensitize the population on the topic of sustainable agriculture.


FAO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, is a leader in strategic support for agriculture and rural development and supports private sector investment in agriculture, globally and particularly in the South Caucasus region.

FAO's priorities in Georgia are set out in the Country Programming Framework 2021-2025 between FAO and the Government of Georgia.

project number 8361-00/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Landwirtschaft
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 1, Democracy: 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.