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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.

Watering System in Rustavi Village, Aspindza Municipality

The construction of watering system has started In Rustavi Village, Aspindza Municality.  After the construction is finished, the livestock will be provided with water in village’s pastures. The water supply will be usable not only for cattle but for village’s population as well. The project is implemented by Alliances SJ Programme, Mercy Corps.

The Road (2013) - Part 1

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 (2013) - Part 2

To watch the first part of The Road please visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyxTMy5b1nY

DCED Webinar Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment at Household Level

On 17 June 2014, the DCED organised a Webinar on Women's Economic Empowerment: Measuring Household Level Results in Practice. The webinar addressed questions such as: Why measure women's economic empowerment? and Why are household level indicators important for measuring changes in women's economic empowerment? in addition to providing practical advice for programmes attempting to measure women's economic empowerment effectively. Erin Markel presented guidelines for Measuring Results of Women's Economic Empowerment in Private Sector Development. You can download the full guidelines, or a brief overview. These guidelines draw from the good practices and lessons learned from Making Markets Work for the Chars (M4C) in Bangladesh and the Alliances Lesser Caucasus Programme (ALCP) in Georgia. Programme managers Fouzia Nasreen (M4C) and Helen Bradbury (ALCP) shared their experiences and perspectives on measuring women's economics empowerment.

For more information please visit:
http://www.enterprise-development.org...

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 https://ecofilms.ge/
Commissioned by ALCP

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