New Opportunities for Future Development

DCFTA - Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement



In cooperation with Czech international NGO “People in Need” and PMC Research Center, "Rural Communities Development Agency" is involved in the project "Regional Civil Society Organizations as  Vectors of Rural Economic Development".

The project is implemented with the financial support of the EU and the aim of this project is to strengthen region-based civil society organizations (CSOs) along the implementation of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) part of the Association Agreement of Georgia with the European Union and along the implementation of the national policy on small and medium enterprise (SME).


Thus, the project strives to the following outcomes:

1. Increased capacity of Local Action Groups (LAGs) and other CSOs to act as resource channels on relevant aspects of the DCFTA for micro- and small enterprises and agri-producers in their target areas.

2. Increased capacity of LAGs and other CSOs to facilitate engagement of rural population in their areas in policy dialogue. The project's target regions include Imereti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kakheti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Adjara and Kvemo-Kartli.


The outcomes will be achieved through the following activities:

•  Increasing the knowledge of 24 CSOs and LAG's in the targeted rural areas - on food safety and quality standards, technical aspects of agricultural standards, environmental protection, value chain development and energy efficiency.

• Enabling the targeted CSO and LAG's to develop skills of value chain research, analysis, gathering and disseminating the information about local products with export potential in the context of DCFTA.

• Supporting the targeted CSOs and LAG's to establish "DCFTA information and resource desks" and disseminate information to micro- and small businesses and agri producers in their area of operation about agriculture-relevant aspects of DCFTA, relevant government- or donor-led programs as well as various loan schemes matching their needs and capabilities.

• Improving the target CSOs' position to advocate and engage in the policy dialogue and linking with national-level CSO networks such as the Georgian Alliance on Agriculture and Rural Development (GAARD) enabling them to monitor the effects of DCFTA and SME policy on local producers and SMEs and contribute to formulation of policy recommendations.


• Enabling target CSOs and LAGs to organize public information sessions in their regions/municipalities with participation of government agency staff (e.g. National Food Agency, Entrepreneurship Development Agency, Innovations Agency, Information and Consultation Centers etc.) to maximize outreach and increase visibility.

• Utilize national-level advocacy efforts using the GAARD platform to engage with policy makers at the national level, bringing up concerns identified at local and regional levels.  

• Engage various stakeholders, as well as minorities, vulnerable groups in the project-specific activities and secure gender sensitive approach through the project lifecycle.


A package of four training modules and materials will be developed that will be used to train staff members of 24 target CSOs and then transferred to them for further use in their work with direct beneficiaries (farmers and micro-/small business owners) in their areas of operation/

The proposed modules are: General aspects of the DCFTA, impact on Georgian regulations in rural development sectors and on Customs regulations; Environmental protection and Climate-Smart Agriculture; Food safety and quality standards (HACCP); Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy.










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