Last week, ten families in Bolnisi, Koda, Shaumiani and Tsinstkaro received the knowledge and materials to help them start growing their better future. As beneficiaries of the EDKK program, these families have completed trainings on innovative farming techniques and business plan writing. Now they can put their livelihood plans into effect by planting seedlings of blueberries, raspberries or strawberries in large and small plots of land as they have available. These plots will also serve as demonstration plots for other interested farmers in the region.
Agronomist Lali Goginava, Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences, was on hand to demonstrate the soil preparation and planting techniques for the new berry crops. Neighbors and friends were invited to participate in the demonstrations, allowing the broader community to learn and implement these planting methods.
Additionally, six more families have already received modern beehives to collect their honey and other products that the hive produces (including beeswax and pollen), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers.
Economic Development through Agricultural Assistance for IDP Farmers in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions (EDKK) is a comprehensive program with a three-prong approach to create economic vitality within IDP communities. Through EDKK, RDFG staff work to reduce poverty and improve social inclusion of IDP families by teaching modern farming techniques and funding agricultural economic development opportunities in the Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions. The project also engages youth in civic leadership and livelihood development in rural areas.
EDKK is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
(BMZ) and supported by World Vision Germany. Project is implemented by RDFG.