On December 27-28, 2014 Biological Farming Association "Elkana" and Oxfam in Georgia organized the New Year Farmers’ Food Fair at “Bukia Garden” (Peking Avenue near metro station “Politeknikuri”) under the theme Georgian Farmers Products: Healthy – Fresh - Local.
The space for Farmers’ Food Fair was provided with the support of Tbilisi City Hall.
The event took place under the framework of the EU financed regional project “Improving Regional Food Security through National Strategies and Small Holders’ Production in the South Caucasus”, implemented by Oxfam and its partner organization ELKANA. The aim of the Project is to support the development and articulation of gender sensitive national food security and nutrition strategies and policies in Georgia. The Project empowers farmers to voice their concerns on agriculture to decision makers so that they can have a say in the future of farming.
The event brought together 25 farmers from different regions of Georgia who offered citizens local products such as honey, churchkhela, nuts, chicken, turkey, Kakhetian bacon, wine, grappa, Tushetian cheese, corn flour, Tsiteli Doli Bread flour, beans, tangerines and other products. The Women’s Workshops also presented Napareuli and Nukriani handicrafts such as felt Christmas gifts and toys.
Participants and visitors were provided with leaflets on healthy local foods and four different banners displayed information about nutrition. The content of the leaflet informed the general public about the importance of a proper and balanced diet - why we should eat grains, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products, which vital elements - minerals, vitamins, proteins they contain, and how they affect human health.