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TOT in Jara Honey Production for VET Colleges

A short film on the Training of Trainers in Jara Honey Production for VET Colleges, which was held on May 18th-19th for twelve VET college representatives from seven regions of Georgia. 

Agri Journalism

Interview of Helen Bradbury, the ALCP Team Leader with Agrogaremo TV, where she speaks about the programme support to agri journalism development.

BEAM Webinar on Formalisation and the MSD approach

The ILO selected the ALCP to conduct a field study on the links between market access, enterprise formalisation and decent work. The ALCP successfully used the MSD approach to encourage formalisation of farmers and agri-businesses in the Georgian dairy sector.

The webinar, where the ALCP Team Leader was invited as a key speaker, showed how this was achieved. It discussed the interventions used and the results in terms of growth, market access and improved working conditions

Emili Family Investigates the Georgian Milk Mark

The Georgian Milk Mark investigated by popular Emily Family Youtube channel.

Emili Investigates the Georgian Milk Mark

Emili, an internet sensation in Georgia, watched by thousands of children and their parents, decided to ‘investigate’ the Georgian Milk Mark (GMM) through ALCP facilitation.


Jara the Movie - Full movie online

Jara the Movie is now available online. 

JARA is a fairy tale journey through one year in the mountains of Ajara.  A story of the shifting boundary between human habitat and wild nature, portrays everyday lives in the changing seasons. It tells of bees in the forest, of the beauty and ruthlessness of and inevitability of nature, of people and of predators and of co-existence and conflict. The wooden jara in the forest and the bees living within it are the fixed point in the story.

The main backer of Jara is the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through the Mercy Corps Georgia implemented Alliances Caucasus Programme.


LATEST NEWS
Continuous Teaching from the GBU
30/05/2021
On May 27th-28th, more than two thousand beekeepers in all regions of Georgia attended a training on bee treatment practices as a response to the massive bee colonies collapse this year. The Georgian Beekeepers Union (GBU) initiated and advocated the first nationwide trainings with the Rural Development Agency (RDA) based on the online research data gathered. The GBU developed a trainer’s handbook and Varroa Treatment guideline, which was translated and available for Azerbaijani and Armenian beekeepers; and delivered a Training of Trainers for eighty-five beekeepers.  ‘Beekeepers received important information about new methodology how to treat Varroa. This was the first training organized in coordination with the GBU, which is the main actor in the beekeeping sector and our collaboration will continue.’ – Lasha Shalamberidze, the Head of the Regional Relations Department at the RDA. ‘I think, a key outcome of these trainings is that our Union expanded its team across Georgia. We now have the representatives in each municipality and we will continue teaching and delivering important information to the beekeepers.’ – Aleko Papava, the Head of the GBU.
A New Veterinary Surveillance Point in Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region
26/05/2021
A seventh Veterinary Surveillance Point (VSP) of the National Food Agency (NFA) opened recently in Dusheti municipality to serve nomadic farmers migrating on the north part of the Animal Movement Route of Georgia. This is the first and the only VSP in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region, where disinfection of sheep and cattle against ecto-parasites is provided by the State. Up to 100,000 head of sheep will be dipped there during every transhumance season, free of charge. The point was constructed by the NFA following the petition of shepherds from the region at the ALCP’s 11th Advisory Committee meeting and was approved by the Minister of Environmental Protection & Agriculture – Levan Davitashvili in March 2019, based on the positive benefits of the existing points. In 2015 the VSP model was created by the ALCP commissioned British livestock expert Edward Hamer and an MOU was signed between the Ministry of Agriculture, the NFA and the ALCP to construct six VSPs, two of them were financed by the programme and four by the State. In 2016-2018 all six points were finalized and opened. This year additional water points were also opened on the route. The VSP’s record and monitor the nomadic sheep and cattle population and underpin Georgia’s credibility in livestock export markets.
Where the streets are paved with gold: Georgian Honey Goes to London
24/05/2021
As Dick Whittington found out the London streets are not literally paved with gold. However four Georgian honey companies are participating in a celebration of the liquid kind. The London International Honey Awards held from May 30-31st, have two main award categories: quality and design, and feature honeys from all over the world, from Canada to the Mediterranean to New Zealand and everything in between. Competition is fierce. The four Georgian honey companies, Nena, Rukhi Queen, Honey and Irinola Company and Cooperative Kodi, were supported to participate by the Embassy of Georgia to the UK and the Georgian Beekeepers Union (GBU). 
LATEST PUBLICATIONS
Quality Assurance Standards for the Production of Jara Honey
Honey Sector Development 2017-2020
Productivity in ALCP Dairy Supply - Impact Assessment