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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.

Tsintskaro Bypass Route - Before & After

The villagers of Tsintskaro village were suffering from bi-annual livestock transhumance during decades. The flow of hundreds of heads of livestock moved through the main road of the settlement, straight pasting their gates and bringing dust, noise, animal diseases, frequent conflicts and in general making their everyday life just unbearable during livestock transhumance period.

The infrastructure project of arranging 4150 meters long alternative, bypass route in this particular village was finished in October, 2014, after the local government of Tetritskaro Municipality spearheaded the movement to solve the problem calling together support from a group including the MOA, MOE, the Regional Government and Shepherds Association which has been working for three years to improve coordination and bring the matter of the Animal Movement Route to public attention.

The Interview with Edward Hamer

Edward Hamer, the international expert from UK, was invited by ALCP for advising and designing the Animal Movement Route and Marneuli Livestock Market infrastructure, also to make recommendations for Georgian wool market system development.


Edward Hamer was interviewed for the Agricultural TV Programme of Georgian Public Broadcaster - Chveni Ferma on the following topics:

- The current issues related to the Animal Movement Route and Georgian sheep sector development

- The positive things observed in agriculture sector of Georgia for last years

The material is provided by Public Broadcaster, TV Programme – Chveni Ferma.

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