Georgia: Local Development Strategy adopted in Keda with EU support
The Georgian municipality of Keda has recently adopted a Local Development Strategy that it drafted with the support of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).
The key areas covered by the strategy include diversification of economic activity in rural areas, development of smart agricultural value chains, environmental protection, natural resources management and disaster risk reduction, education, culture, sport and support for youth activities.
Prior to officially adopting the strategy, the draft was presented to the government of Keda municipality and the local communities.
The EU is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD programme. Aiming to reduce rural poverty, ENPARD has been implemented since 2013, with a total budget of €179.5 million. The first phase of ENPARD focused on developing national agriculture potential, while the second and third phases focus on creating economic opportunities for the rural population that go beyond agricultural activities.