On March 19, 2015 at 10:30 till 14:00 at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel, Oxfam and the Biological Farming Association "Elkana" will host a round-table discussion on the theme - How the private sector can cooperate with smallholder farmers. The discussion is organized around the recently conducted survey on agricultural private sector organizations, commissioned within the framework of the EC–funded project “Improving Regional Food Security through National Strategies and Smallholder Production in the South Caucasus.”
The Biological Farming Association “Elkana” will present the key findings of the survey conducted in July-August 2014 which aimed to demonstrate how private companies within the agricultural sector see opportunities and challenges in engaging with smallholder farmers. The survey analyzes the problems related to farmer services and looks into the barriers interfering in the cooperation among the private sector and local farmers. The round-table discussion will focus on the theme of how the private sector such as processors, retailers, banks, microfinance institutions and insurance companies can cooperate with small holder farmers.
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia Mr. David Galegashvili, representatives of the Ministry, international organizations and other government representatives will attend the event. Mr. Daniel Gonzales Dellacha, Director of AgriGeorgia (Ferrero Spa) will present the keynote speech and share about his experience of investing in the smallholder hazelnut value chain in Georgia.
The presentations will be followed by discussions on ways in which private companies can engage with smallholders and also, identify the gaps in communication between the private sector, smallholders and the State. The roundtable discussion will facilitate the sharing of ideas, success stories and dialogue among all interested parties, and propose ways for the private sector and small holder farmers to cooperate to improve the value chain for mutual benefit.
The main objective of the EU-financed project “Improving Regional Food Security through National Strategies and Smallholder Production in the South Caucasus” is the development of a gender-sensitive national food security strategies and policy framework in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, formulated and developed through multi-stakeholder Working Groups including project partners, government, private sector, NGOs, research institutions and representatives of smallholder farmers.
For more information please contact: Dani Tabukashvili - firstname.lastname@example.org, +995 322 32 83 21 or +995 591 19 55 84