Capacity Building of Agricultural Cooperatives (CBAC)
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.
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.
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 (incl.at 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.