To raise income of small-scale farmers and increase their climate resilience

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IFAD supports climate-smart technologies in Georgia for food security


Rome, 17 February 2015 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today a new nationwide project worth more than US$30 million to help small-scale farmers in Georgia raise their incomes and increase their climate resilience.

The agriculture sector in Georgia is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, which is leading to serious production losses and threats to food security. Increasing aridity is threatening to devastate the already semi-arid Eastern portions of Georgia by the end of the century.

The project will aim to address these challenges by supporting inclusive growth of climate-smart agricultural value chains. It will mainstream a climate-smart approach throughout its activities, driven by the needs of small-scale farmers.

The project will focus on rural families in areas where there is agricultural and irrigation development potential. It will primarily target smallholder farmers, but will also support others who are involved in agricultural value chains, including agricultural business people, cooperatives and extension and input service providers.

Read the full article: IFAD

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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