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Feedback from the field: What shepherd’s think about Bio Security Points

After five years of multi-stakeholder advocacy beginning in 2011, in 2016 the country instituted the development of Biosecurity infrastructure for ensuring the systematic health control of migrating livestock. There are five Bio Security Points (6th one planned to be constructed in 2018) in operation on the Animal Movement Route  for the disinfection of migrating livestock against parasites with a  safe waste management scheme and staffed by specialists hired by the National Food Agency serving farmers free of charge

A short video contains feedback from the field: What shepherd’s think about Bio Security Points?

The Honey Festival 2017

The annual ALCP Facilitated Honey Festival was held for the third time on August 2017  in Batumi.  

Up to 40 beekeepers from across Georgia once again presented their honey and by products for the festival visitors. Honey themed entertainment activities for children, including face-painting, games; live music from folk ensembles and rock band were laid on, keeping the celebration spirit all day.

Jara Screening

Jara was premiered in March 2017 at Amirani Cinema Hall, Tbilisi.

More than 400 representatives from the regional and central government, the non-governmental sector, the donor organizations gave standing ovations and applauses to the film makers and artists.

For more information about the movie follow the link: jarathemovie.com

1st session of EEG event - What Do We Mean by Equitable Empowerment?

Equitable Empowerment in Georgia, ALCP facilitated event celebrating community responses to equitable local government initiatives empowering women and men in communities of three regions of Georgia, was held at Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 17th of March, under the patronage of the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia.

Helen Bradbury, the keynote speaker of the event speaks about What Do We Mean by Equitable Empowerment?

The resources from the sessions, including videos and presentations are available online at the following link: EEG.GE

Helen Bradbury at the BEAM Conference 2016: Closing Session

Helen Bradbury, Team Leader of ALCP at the BEAM Conference 2016: Closing Session

The full video of the closing session is available on the following link: BEAM Conference 2016

Webinar: Guidance from the field - ALCP's Investment Manual

Helen Bradbury, Team Leader of ALCP, explains the programme's Investment Manual, a donor-approved guideline for decision-making, implementation and monitoring of ALCP activities.

Moving Forward: Sheep SectorChallenges Discussed at the ALCP Advisory Committee Meeting
Management of Animal Movement Route (AMR) and Bio Security Points (BSPs) were the main topics discussed at the ALCP’s 9th Advisory Committee meeting on January 31st, 2018. The Minister of Agriculture highlighted the importance of AMR and its Bio Security Points, their importance in underpinning  animal healthcare and livestock export and the need for continued efforts to ensure progress in his opening speech. ‘Despite the positive dynamics there are still challenges and the governmental, non-governmental and private sectors should consolidate to overcome them’ - stated Mr. Davitashvili. Existing gaps in management as well as the positive impact of BSPs were highlighted  at the meeting.  A short film: What shepherds think about the BSP’s available at ALCP/Videos allowed shepherds views to be presented in full. All participants debated responsibility for managing the AMR and its infrastructure. Land overlaps, lack of resting areas, watering points at the Route, issues of concern for decades - were also discussed. ‘I think inclusion of self-governments in provision of BSPs’ operation is quite possible, local residents can be hired there and I’m ready to discuss this issue with the heads of local municipalities of Kvemo Kartli” - Grigol Nemsadze - The State Representative-Governor of KK Region. As a result of this meeting the Regional Government of Kvemo Kartli and the Ministry of Economy have agreed to work together for final resolution of contested land on the route. Existing infrastructural gaps at BSP’s will be also solved in time for spring season, stated  the Head of the NFA. With regards to BSP’s management and its future ownership the issue is clearly on the table for further facilitation and discussion with all interested parties to find the best solution and develop pertinent strategy going forward.
Jara Popularity Spreads
On December 5th  the National Geographic Magazine Georgia presented its latest  edition which features an article on Jara honey, at the National Museum of Georgia. About hundred guests tasted Jara honey  and watched a special screening of  the Jara movie, which had originally inspired the Georgian National Geographic to do the Georgian bee and honey story. ‘We were thinking about doing an article on Georgian Bees and honey, but we were not certain what direction to choose. One day, I got a call from Nika Tsiklauri, who invited me to the Jara premiere and while watching this truly fairytale, – I discovered the storyline we had been looking for’. – Natia Khuluzauri, Editor in Chief of the National Geographic Magazine Georgia. The movie Director, Nika Tsiklauri, did a photo session of the Jara hives in Ajara. The magazine story writer, Irakli Pipia, enthusiastically worked on the topic and in addition came across documentation that showed that the Caucasian Gray Bees had been exported to the USA from Georgia atthe end of the 19th century. ‘This was a discovery none of us expected. Who knew that the Caucasian Bee had travelled so far? So, both authors, Nika and Irakli, did a great job and we have this beautiful elaborated story covering practically all aspects related to the Caucasian Gray Bee and honey they make’ – says Natia. The event opened an exhibition of photos, Jara hives and beekeeping artifacts from Ajara. The Ajarian Beekeepers Business Association gave attendees a unique opportunity to taste recently harvested Jara wild honey from its members and personally explore traditional Jara hives and beekeeping handicrafts. Photo Source: The National Geographic Georgia 
New Bio Security Point in Kvareli Opened
A new Bio Security Point (BSP) has been opened by the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia on in Kakheti, Telavi municipality. It is the fifth point now open on the  Animal Movement Route along with the BSP’s in Marneuli, Rustavi, Dedoplistskaro and Signagi municipalities and the third point built by the government in addition to the two points built under the ALCP as part of the activities agreed between the government and the project. ‘We are conducting complex works for supporting sheep and cattle sector development and one of the most important components of this work are identification &registration of official Animal Movement Route and a proper management of it. We now have five BSP and this helps us to manage the movement of the livestock and their health control’ Mr. Davitashvili stated.
BS Report Georgia & Armenia 2018
Alliances Caucasus Programme Bi Annual Report 2017
Ensuring Sustainability in the Dairy Market Sector 2017