FAO Representation in Georgia promotes the stakeholder collaboration in Georgian agriculture sector in partnership with DWVG and in collaboration with the Government and the resource partners

20 February 2013 – Tbilisi, Georgia. German Business Association Georgia (Deutsche Wirtschaftsvereinigung Georgia - DWVG) is a long-term reliable partner for FAO Representation in Georgia – it supports FAO in leading the donor coordination process and disseminating various information and policy briefs through the local internet blogs.

On 20 February 2013 FAO-Georgia, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, EU Delegation to Georgia and the Economic Growth Office of USAID, acted as a Co-organizer and a key presenter of the 19th DWVG Forum on Georgian Agriculture: Developments and perspectives hosted by the German House in Tbilisi.

The event was attended by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, representatives of resource partners (EC, USAID, SDC, GIZ, ADA), international and national NGOs and private sector.

Mr Mamuka Meskhi, Assistant FAO Representative in Georgia, was one of the key presenters at the Forum. In his presentation, Mr Meskhi briefly overviewed the milestones of FAO’s work in Georgia during last two decades and updated the participants about future plans of the Organization.

The event was followed by lively networking reception hosted by Georgian wine Company Schuchman.


FAO Representation in Georgia Successfully Chairs Donor Coordination Group on Agriculture

Donor coordination in the agriculture sector of Georgia started in 2009 with the support of the French Embassy and the EU Delegation. The Donor Coordination Group (DCG) was initially limited to EU member states, but has gradually expanded to include other key stakeholders.

In 2011, it became obvious that the existing coordination mechanism needed to be strengthened further. FAO, with its undeniable advantage of being at the forefront of facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration at all levels, appeared to be best suited to step up the process. As of January 2012, the FAO Representation in Georgia took over the lead role in donor coordination and became the Chair of DCG on Agriculture.

Nowadays, the FAO office provides secretarial support to an extended DCG with more than 40 members, representing key resource partners, international organizations, NGOs and the government. The DCG has become a sustainable mechanism for exchange of information, knowledge sharing and technical advice both internally and externally. It has evolved into a complex structure with six coordination sub-groups that were established to better reflect the needs in the main areas of the agriculture sector development in Georgia. The Ministry of Agriculture has being increasingly involved, acknowledging the efficiency of the mechanism.

We expect that technical knowledge and local experience accumulated through the DCG will prove to be a useful asset in the future. In fact, FAO can rely on close collaboration with all the partners, using the donor coordination mechanism to complement its technical work and support its efforts to assist Georgia in achieving the country’s development goals under the Organization’s mandate. The FAO Country Programming Framework signed in 2010, when its name was still National Medium–Term Priority Framework (NMTPF), will be reviewed in light of Government priorities and partners’ support to prioritize activities and avoid duplication of efforts.

Mamuka Meskhi, AFAOR Georgia

Source: Issue 4 June 12, Newsletter-Envoy