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On 13-14 June, the study visit of the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) in Lagodekhi was held in the framework of the EU-supported ENPARD project Keda LEADER. The visit’s objective was to exchange experience and information between the Keda and Lagodekhi LAGs.

The representatives from the two LAGs and CARE International in the Caucasus participated in the two-day meeting, organized under the EU’s ENPARD project Keda LEADER by the Center of Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), the partner organization of CENN. Participants at the meeting discussed their experience with LAG operations. The Lagodekhi LAG shared its practical knowledge on the grant competitions, monitoring and evaluation schemes, achievements and challenges as well as coordination with local stakeholders and organizational sustainability of the LAG. Site-visits and meetings with local EU beneficiary entrepreneurs and social programs were also held during the study visit in Lagodekhi Municipality.

According to the Keda LAG participants, information and knowledge exchange during the visit in Lagodekhi was very important to develop partnership and gain valuable knowledge about the best practices.
During the next two days, Keda LAG representatives will work on the organizational strategy of the LAG. The experience and knowledge, gained during the study visit will be considered during the workshop.


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17.06.2019
The Keda Local Action Group, together with CENN and Institute of Democracy (IOD) are announcing the second stage of the grants competition 2019 under the EU supported ENPARD project Keda LEADER.


The first stage will open on May 29th and will end on July 1 at 5 pm.


The objective of the competition is to ensure improvement of life in rural communities of Keda by creating decent working and living conditions in the municipality, improvement of the economic conditions and implementation of the innovative projects.


The priority areas of the grants competition include:
• Agriculture, primary production as well as processing of local products and regional value chain development;
• Promotion of tourism development (financing of guesthouses only in special case);
• Non-agriculture activities;
• Education, Culture, Sports;
• Environmental Protection and Sustainable Resource Management;
• Social-noncommercial activities.


Both commercial and social projects and initiatives will be supported under the competition.


Participation is open for both for individual persons and legal entities who implement or plans to implement their activities in Keda Municipality.


Those willing to participate in the competition are asked to examine the strategic directions identified by the Local Development Strategy of Keda and the Grants Manual. Interested candidates need to complete the Application Forms and submit it via email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or bring the hardcopies to the LAG office at 10 Tbel Abuseridze Street, Keda town no later than 5 pm July 1, 2019.


All documents for the completion of the application are available in Georgian language.


For additional questions, clarification requests or inquiries please contact us:
+995 599 189 269
+995 577 104 833
+995 514 401 001


Please note, the grants competition has the following stages:
Stage I – Concept Note (Idea Competition)
Stage II – Complete Applications
Stage III – Approval of grant


The first stage successful candidates will be notified before July 30, 2019.


The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

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30.05.2019
On 6-10 May 2019, a study visit to Austria was organized for the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) members. Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara A/R and Deputy Mayor of Keda Municipality also took part in the visit. The study tour was supported by the EU ENPARD program and was organized by the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR) in partnership with CENN.
The aim of the visit was to learn more about LEADER principals, the LAG role in the development of the Local Development Strategies and the section process of local development sub-projects. In the framework of the visit, participants held meetings with representatives of the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, Austrian Development Agency and the Ambassador of Georgia to Austria. Participants also visited two LEADER regions and met with respective LEADER managers and LAG representatives.

During the visit to the Southern Burgenland LEADER region and meetings with local LAGs, participants visited the women’s social enterprise “IDUNA,” the Zickentaler Moorochse protected territory in order to visit the local tourist infrastructure and learn about pasture management. Also, meetings concerning working with the youth to mainstream vocational trainings were held at the Vocational Training Institute (Berufsförderungsinstitut). Afterward, the visit continued to another LEADER region, Vulkanland, to meet the local LAG and mayor. Participants learned about the locally supported production of ham, furniture, and pumpkin seed oil, as well as visited the recreational facility, Holiday on Farm. In the framework of the study tour, participants had the opportunity to meet with the private sector and visited the Zotter chocolate factory.

Participants were especially interested in the process of project evaluation, the selection process and the projects related to creating regional value chains.

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims at diversifying the local economic activities, improving the investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

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15.05.2019
Applications to participate in the EU ENPARD program-supported Green Camp are now open for candidates from Khulo, Keda, and Tsalka Municipalities. The Green Camp for Young Leaders and Innovators aims at improving access to knowledge and innovations through informal education programs concerning environmental protection, sustainable development, science, technologies, and creates new opportunities for the next generation of leaders.

Applications are open for high school students (9-12th grade) from Tsalka, Keda, and Khulo Municipalities.

Application procedures:
- Complete the online Application Form (only available in Georgian)
- Deadline for the application: May 12, 2019
- Late applications will not be considered

Selected candidates will participate in the Green Camp taking place at the Bulachauri Green Center from June 15 to 23.

- Application period: 1-12 May
- Application revision period: 13-17 May
- Contacting selected candidates: 20-22 May
- Pre-departure planning: 23 May-14 June (webinars with the participants)
- Green Camp period: 15-23 June

For additional information please contact:
Natalia Davlianidze - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Giorgi Orkodashvili - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The EU supports agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. The camp is organized with financial support provided by the ENPARD program in the framework of cooperation between three ENPARD projects being conducted in Tsalka, Keda, and Khulo Municipalities. These projects are – “EMBRACE Tsalka,” “Keda LEADER” and “Promotion of Rural Development and Diversification in Khulo Municipality.” In Keda and Tsalka municipalities, the project is implemented by CENN and in Khulo Municipality by Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG).

The EU’s ENPARD Programme has been implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million. The main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

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01.05.2019
On April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day with a focus on mobilizing local communities and raising awareness about the importance of protecting our species. The EU supported The Local Action Group (LAG) and the environmental organization CENN joined the large scale environmental campaign by assisting young eco-activists from two villages of Keda Municipality Pirveli Maisi and Merisi in their environmental initiative. Young people planted trees in a schoolyard and prepared poster presentations on topics of climate change, conservation of species, sustainable natural resource management, and other environmental issues.

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims at diversifying the local economic activities, improving investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.


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23.04.2019
A series of EU-supported events concerning aquaculture were held in Adjara over the past weekend. An international conference, a festival of fish and sea products and field visits took place in Batumi and Keda during 5-7 April.

The International Scientific Conference “Fisheries for the Economic Development of the Country”, held on 6th of April in Batumi, aimed at connecting organizations and people from different countries who are employed in the fishery industry.

The conference was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture of Adjara A/R, Tite Aroshidze and Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Nino Tandilashvili.
“Aquaculture is essential for our region. The Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara A/R has developed strategy for the development of the field. Therefore, we express our readiness to support initiatives related to the development of aquaculture in the region” - stated Tite Aroshidze, Minister of Agriculture of Adjara A/R.

The Conference participants included representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations from Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey, Norway, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Prior to the conference, participants visited fish farms in Keda municipality to share and exchange knowledge and experience, as well as plan future activities in order to more efficiently utilize hydro potential through mutual cooperation.

The Fish Festival also took place in Batumi Boulevard on 7th of April. The participating countries presented various fish and sea products. In addition, different local fish restaurants, public colleges, and wine and beer companies participated in the festival.

The event was organized by the organic aquaculture development association “Phoreji” with the support of the EU ENPARD funded project “Keda LEADER” implemented by CENN, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara and the Alliance Group. Partners of the event included N(N)LE “Agro Service Centre,” the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Adjara, the City Hall of Batumi, Batumi Boulevard, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Georgia.

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12.04.2019
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