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Georgia

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Projects Includes planned, ongoing and closed projects

US$ 176.53 million

Total Project Cost

US$ 69.77 million

Total IFAD financing

109,832

Households impacted


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The Context

Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Georgia lies to the south of Russia, between the Black Sea and Azerbaijan. By 2012 it was ranked a lower middle income country, and in 2016 Gross Domestic Product per head was US$3,833.

Since 2014 lower oil and commodity prices, weaker exports and falling remittances and capital inflows have slowed growth.

With a population of 3.71 million in 2015, Georgia has around 550,000 rural households. Nationwide, poverty declined from 20.9 per cent in 2010 to 14.8 per cent in 2012, but the rural poverty rate, at 18.8 per cent, remained far higher.

In rural areas, farming accounts for 45 per cent of household income, while social payments provide a further 28 per cent and salaried work just 27 per cent.

Farming is likely to remain the mainstay of rural communities in the foreseeable future, but its development is held back by inadequate infrastructure, especially irrigation, and gaps in value chains. This combines with limited off-farm opportunities to spur rural-urban migration, especially by young people, leaving behind increasingly aging and diminished communities.

The Strategy

In Georgia, IFAD loans work to reduce rural poverty and improve rural people's living conditions and livelihoods.

IFAD’s country strategy programme (COSOP) is fully aligned with the strategies of the Government of Georgia.

Key activities include:

  • promoting investments by smallholder farmers and agribusiness to foster competitive climate-smart value chains;
  • improving access for farmers and agribusinesses to key markets (particularly through better access to credit, savings, leasing and insurance); and
  • promoting financially and environmentally sustainable rural economic infrastructure to improve productivity, post-harvest management and the resilience of smallholder producers.

Results-based country strategic opportunities programme (COSOP):
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Country Facts

In Georgia, poverty rates in rural areas, at 18.8 per cent, were 80 per cent higher than in urban areas in 2012.

There are around 550,000 rural households in Georgia, and farming provides 45 per cent of rural household incomes.

Since 1997, IFAD has invested a total of US$51.6 million in five projects and programmes in Georgia, benefiting 103,092 households. 


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Projects and Programmes

PLANNED Under design after concept note approval

APPROVED Approved by the Executive Board or IFAD President

SIGNED Financing agreements signed

ONGOING Under implementation

CLOSED Completed/closed projects

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IFAD supports climate-smart technologies in Georgia for food security

February 2015 - NEWS
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today a new nationwide project worth more than US$30 million to help small-scale farmers in Georgia raise their incomes and increase their climate resilience.

Investing and promoting prosperity in Georgia's rural areas

December 2015 - NEWS
Rome, 5 December- A one-day Country Strategy Review workshop organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United

UN agency works to revitalize agriculture in Georgia

November 2015 - NEWS
Rome, 9 November 2015 – This week on an official visit to Georgia, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo

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Enhancing Resilience of Agriculture Sector in Georgia (ERASIG)

June 2015
The project aims to demonstrate the adaptation potential of climate-resilient crop production systems and technologies – especially efficient irrigation technologies and conservation agriculture – combined with the rehabilitation and climateproofing of irrigation schemes and value chain infrastructures (e.g. improved storage and processing facilities, and greenhouses) in ten selected crop value chains.