Austrian Development Agency supporting Sustainable Food Security and Rural Development in Georgia

The Austrian Development Agency is supporting Georgia in accomplishing this goal with a large-scale program on sustainable food security and rural development.

For Georgia, which is among the poorest nations in Eastern Europe, this means another step towards realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Nika Kawlashwili is a pig farmer in the mountainous region of Racha, where he produces ham. He established his business together with his sons a few years ago. “There are actually not many young people living in this area any more. Everyone prefers to live in the big cities.” The farmer considers himself fortunate, though: His children support him in modernizing the farm.

The project “Marketing Ham from Racha” enabled Mr. Kawlashwili and his family to receive funds to expand their farm. The initiative was part of a larger program funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in Georgia and implemented by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Its aim was to boost Georgia’s agriculture sustainably and improve food security. Activities included the creation of a national agricultural strategy, manuals and training sessions on fruit cultivation.

At the same time, the program contributed to realizing eight different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) out of 17 goals in total. The international community is committed to implementing the 17 SDGs by 2030.

These ambitious goals will guarantee a life in dignity in an intact environment for all. With the agricultural program in Georgia, FAO and ADA are contributing to various goals.

The pig project in Racha contributed to SDG 2 (food security and sustainable agriculture) and SDG 8 (economic growth) in particular.