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Jara the Official Trailer #1

The official trailer has been released for the documentary Jara. 

Jara is a fairy tale of a one year journey through the mountains of Ajara and of the shifting boundary between human habitat and wild nature.It tells of bees in the forest, of the beauty and ruthlessness of nature, of people and their lives within it.

For more information please see the link: jarathemovie.com

Georgian Smoked Sulguni in New York

TV slot on the programme client Tsezari Kakhadze, who has started distributing smoked sulguni cheese in New York. News article here.

Ecotourism in Ajara

Ecotours Georgia is Tbilisi based company that was established by wildlife conservationists and nature lovers with aim to develop sustainable tourism in Georgia. ALCP Ajara facilitated Ecotours Georgia to expand its activities in Ajara and add nature tours to stimulate rural tourism that is viewed as an opportunity to diversify and improve the local economy. Promotion of this sector can play a significant role in the sustainable development of Ajara rural areas, it can motivate farmers to expand their activities, open up a new selling market of locally sourced products for SSLP’s and link the consumption of local products to their place of origin.

To promote and raise awareness on rural tourism in Ajara region, promotional video was filmed in Ajara protected areas, high mountainous pastures and Batumi Botanical Garden showing the beauty of the local nature, traditions, wildlife, etc.
Follow the link to visit company's official website www.ecotours.ge 

Why the DCED Standard Matters to Us - Helen Bradbury, ALCP

DCED Global Seminar on Results Measurement was held in Bangkok from 14 to 16 March 2016. The presentations and discussions on the topics such as: measuring women's economic empowerment, assessing attribution, measuring job creation, and using results information to manage programmes - were included in the seminar, which is held in every two years by DCED. 130 participants from 38 countries, representing 52 organizations, field programmes and donor agencies - attended the event.

The ALCP presentation by Helen Bradbury (team leader) was named within the top three most appreciated seasons of DCED Global Seminar by the attended audience.

Video Lessons on Livestock Sector

Programme initiated preparing of video lessons on the livestock sector to improve farmer livelihoods by using internet and mobile technology that will provide access to qualified peer advice on how to maximize income from farming.  Mosavali, agro video producer, was financed to prepare 8 videos on the livestock sector, that was disseminated through social networks and is gaining viewers on the daily basis.

Here are topics and links for the videos:

Treatment for Antrax Disease

Cattle Nutrition

Birth of the Calves

Treatment for Brucellosis Disease

Proper Milking of Cow

Cattle Vaccination

Treatment for Foot and Mouth Disease

Treatment for Mastitis

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