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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

The Road Full Movie

The Road – a beautifully shot documentary capturing the reality and dichotomies of the people who use the ancient transhumance route; the lifeline of livestock in Georgia

Produced by Eco Films http://ecofilms.ge/
Commissioned by ALCP

SEEP Network Webinar

On August 28, 2015, the SEEP Network and UN Women have organized webinar on Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment in Market Systems.  The webinar addressed questions such as: What are the main women's empowerment principles? What are the evaluation issues regarding women's economic empowerment (WEE)? How to make sure WEE is measured properly? in addition to providing practical advice for programmes attempting to measure WEE in the market systems effectively. Helen Bradbury (ALCP Team Leader), Elizabeth G. Dunn (Impact LLC President), Laraine Mills (UN Women) and Anna Falth (UN Women) shared their experience and perspectives on measuring WEE.

LATEST NEWS
Georgian Milk Mark in Ministry Magazine
17/11/2020
Our Village, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) magazine with a circulation of 10,000 copies a month is publishing an article about the Georgian Milk Mark (GMM) in its October issue. The article provides comprehensive information about the GMM, a list of the GMM dairies and their products. Rural farmers across Georgia will receive the magazine through fifty-four MEPA Information Consultation Centers (ICCs) for free. Currently, sixty-seven types of GMM dairy products from eighteen GMM  dairy companies are being sold  in Madagoni, Spar, Ori Nabiji, Nikora, Zgapari, Fresco, Foodmart, Carrefour, Goodwill, Willmart, Libre, Deili, Bilion supermarket chains. Details on www.georgianmilk.ge.
Georgian Beekeeping Highlighted in German Magazine
15/07/2020
A German beekeeping magazine Deutsches Bienen-Journal with circulation of 52,000 copies a month published a comprehensive article on beekeeping in Georgia and its history, local bee breed Mountain Grey Caucasian Honey Bee (Apis mellifera caucasica) and Jara honey a special mention of the project’s work.
Improvements in Sheep Shearing
29/10/2020
In 2018, while thinking about improving the quality of supplied wool, the Georgian Wool Company purchased twelve sheep shearing machines and trained a group of twelve shepherds, to provide a shearing service to sheep farmers. The service is available on the pastures at the beginning of spring and at the end of summer, when sheep are usually sheared in Georgia. This year, up to five-hundred farmers were served, with hundred thousand sheep sheared.   Before, the wool suppliers of the company sheared sheep by hand, which damaged wool fiber and the quality of wool was poor. It took time with only up to thirty sheep sheared a day. The sheep farmers had to ensure the workforce for shearing by hand, they also had to arrange wool storage space in pastures and transportation of wool from pastures to wool collection centers. Incompliant shearing and storage was decreasing the quality of wool and causing about a ten percent loss (up to thirty kilos), which was usually left on pastures polluting the local environment.   Now, the sheep shearing machines prevent damaging of wool fiber and respectively, the quality of wool has been improved. The company’s sheep shearing machine service includes storage and transportation of wool from pastures to the company`s warehouse in Tbilisi. Sheep shearing is now time-efficient with up to hundred sheep/day sheared by one trained shepherd. While shearing of thousand sheep by hand took at least three days, now the same is done just in one day. For the company it means a stable supply of wool in better, cleaner quality; For farmers it translates into reduced transaction costs, time and about 0.7 Gel saved per sheep. The Georgian Wool Company first exported wool to the United Kingdom back in 2016. Ukraine, Kazakhstan, India, Afghanistan are now among top wool export destinations. Along with growing demand, improving quality has become a particular interest of the company.
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Measuring Urban Consumers Awareness of the GMM
A National Qualitative Review of the Municipal Women's Rooms
Deutsches Bienenjournal about Georgian Beekeeping