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The Road Official Trailer (2013)

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

The Road Premiere. Kvemo Kartli TV. 05 04 2014

The Eco Films LTD film The Road premiered on April 4, 2014 in the assembly hall of Tbilisi State University. The film commissioned by Alliances Lesser Caucasus Programme - a Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency project implemented by Mercy Corps Georgia - depicts the transhumance route from the Kakheti winter pastures to Samtskhe-Javakheti summer highland pastures through Kvemo Kartli region. The documentary shows the traditional cultural context of Georgian sheep farming following one sheep farmer, shepherds and herds along the route it shows the socio-economic importance of this seasonal movement of sheep and its realities and problems within the context of modern Georgia whilst showcasing the diversified nature and beautiful landscape of Georgia.
Creating a film on shepherds’ lives in Georgia is timely as development of agriculture was declared to be the priority of the Georgian Government this year. The film contains important messages for people who are interested to support the growth of sheep farming in Georgia.

Improved Bulls in Transit

ALCP facilitated improvements to business practices and outreach of livestock breeding service providers to access wider SSLP markets with affordable & appropriate products.
29 bull owners collect data & use it to promote the business. One bull owner has paid for his own business plan from a consulting company. 2 bull owners replaced old improved bulls and bought 4 improved bulls from GeoStati (Improved Bull Farm) without programme facilitation to improve their service

Livestock Movement - Tsintskaro

The villagers of Tsintskaro village have suffered for years from the twice yearly flow of more than 100,000 sheep, cattle, goats, donkeys, horses and shepherd dogs straight past their gates. The problem has been in impasse for years with no real ownership of the issue by the myriad actors involved. Now, the local government has 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.

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