Uplands Rural Development Programme
The programme is designed to strengthen economic opportunities for poor smallholder farmers and to enhance their prosperity and resilience through connecting and integrating farms and agribusinesses into more profitable economic clusters while making sustainable use of natural resources and increasing the climate-adaptive capacity of smallholders. Its core strategy relies on an economic clustering approach and the mobilization of private financial resources to support agribusiness development and improve access to financial services.
The programme has two components:
- Clustering for resilient rural transformation through ‘’economic development clusters’’ for increased production and marketing of key commodities in upland areas;
- Inclusive rural finance, through rural credit guarantee and support facilities.
The activities involve six provinces in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Black Sea regions, where farmland and pasture are mostly above 600 metres and where most forest villages are located. Later during implementation, two additional provinces could be involved. The programme aims to target around 30,000 households, including a small portion (120-150) of transhumant pastoralists families.
Target groups include the economically active poor producing at semi-subsistence level, those with upside potential and the transformation drivers (suppliers, traders and agribusinesses).
11 December 2017
2017 - 2023
Total Project Cost
US$ 75.87 million
US$ 41.96 million
Kredi Garanti Fonu US$ 2.91 million
National Government US$ 18.27 million
Beneficiaries US$ 12.73 million