On March 14, 2013 Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) conducted official awarding ceremony of community development micro project winners in Saguramo and Dusheti public schools, in the frame of the Economic Development through Agricultural Assistance for IDP farmers in Mtskheta-Mtianeti project, funded by the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ) and WV Germany.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction and to youth inclusion in livelihood development of IDP families in Georgia.
To accomplish the given objective, RDFG has established five YFC centers in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region to provoke interest and promote youth engagement in agriculture through vocational training provided by qualified consultants. The centre is fully connected to the Farmers Regional Information Centre, equipping students with knowledge on modern agricultural methodologies and giving them an opportunity to apply these skills at YFC demonstration plots at their schools. Participating school administrations have allocated one room for gatherings after classes and on weekends for agricultural educations activities; the rooms are equipped with the computers, relevant reading materials, information boards and photo gallery. This aims to enable youth to recognize rural agriculture as a viable livelihood option and contribute to reduction of labor migration of youth to the cities, where they have to take on any available job, often to the detriment of their health and safety. The target beneficiary group will be 150 youth from six IDP settlements and surrounding villages in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.
Members of Young Farmers Centres have been provided with comprehensive trainings in Modern Technologies of Agriculture Production, Human Rights, Advocacy, Development and implementation of small scale projects. As a result of training sessions, RDFG announced first round of call for proposals and identified above mentioned five best community development micro projects developed by the members of YFC Centres.
Second call for proposal for selection of community development micro projects is scheduled to be announced in May 2013.