Market Opportunities for Livelihood Improvement in Kakheti, Georgia

Projet terminé

Livestock farming is the main economic activity for the majority of poor households in the Kakheti region of Georgia. Through better access to markets, services and inputs for the dairy and meat value chains, target farmers will substantially improve their income. By the end of the project phase 27’000 households will have benefitted directly from improved access to markets, services, inputs, a more conducive operating environment and better protection from natural disasters. 

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire

Services agricoles & marché
Développement de la chaîne de valeur agricole (til 2016)
Développement agricole
01.12.2015 - 28.02.2019
CHF 2'500'000

The Kakheti region is one of the leading agricultural regions in Georgia and shows high levels of unemployment and poverty. Its population relies to a large extent on subsistence agriculture. Some eighty percent of the population live in rural areas and are engaged in agriculture, supplying Tbilisi and other regions of Georgia with agricultural products. Although women are actively involved in farm work, their role is often underestimated and they face difficulties in securing land and getting access to extension services, inputs and credits. The region is disaster prone, especially regarding draught and floods. Farmers and local authorities of rural areas are particularly vulnerable, lacking awareness, capacities and resources to tackle these disaster risks, leading to a slowed down economic development in the region.


The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of poverty in the Kakheti region by improving the livestock market system.

Groupes cibles

The ultimate beneficiaries of the project will be farmers. Direct beneficiaries will be the market players with whom the project engages to achieve systemic change that benefits the rural population: private enterprises, traders and intermediaries, associations and cooperatives which are supplying goods and services to livestock farmers; and voluntary and public sector organizations providing services to livestock farmers and livestock related enterprises. The beneficiaries of the program are around 27’000 subsistence and semi-subsistence livestock producing households, totaling approx. 108’000 people in the target area.

Effets à moyen terme
  • Small farmer families increase their income and improve their position in the market system thanks to a more favorable market access and improved conditions for selling livestock and livestock related products
  • Small farmer families increase productivity of their livestock and livestock related crops due to improved and sustainable access to better inputs, services and information
  • Small and medium enterprises and small farmer families benefit from an improved business environment for livestock farming in Kakheti region

In this exit phase the project will capitalize on the first phase results and institutionalize its achievements by assuring the sustainability of the established processes and structures. The project will continue to work in the dairy and meat (beef and pork) value chains and expand geographically to three new municipalities: Gurjaani, Telavi, Akhemeta (the latter excluding the mountainous area). The project will enhance its regional approach and outreach.


The project continues working in the diary and meat value chains in the municipalities of Sagarejo, Sighnagi and Dedoplistskaro, and, also, extends its geographical coverage embracing the municipalities of Gurjaani, Telavi and Akhmeta. In its third year of implementation, the project will emphasize more on monitoring of the overall results.

The project supports the involvement of the private sector in local governance structures in favour of sustainable livestock development. The project will allow market players to take part in the identification, formulation and advocacy of initiatives during the business working group discussions at municipal and regional levels.

In a nutshell, the project will operate in the following three lines:

  • Market access: the project will provide technical and financial support to private sector entities
  • Production: will build up the technical capacity of regional veterinaries and promote practices of livestock breed improvement and nutrition
  • Business enabling environment: work on gender, DRR and governance issues that are relevant and important for small farmer families, e.g. animal disease control, access to pasture and public participation in decision making processes

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

The current phase 1 of the MOLI project has facilitated improvements in the provision of veterinary, breeding, machinery and nutrition services for the farmers through interventions with viable service providers.

7’449 target farmers in 81 communities access target services and information (293 female headed families);

6’046 target farmers benefited from project interventions and increased their income by CHF 138 per year;

38 service providers and one national level input supplier were assisted and improved business practices and outreach to farmers;

91 full-time jobs were created along the value chain (22 women).

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération avec l'Europe de l'Est
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • Entraide Protestante suisse

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   2'500'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   2'450'000
Phases du projet

Phase 2 01.12.2015 - 28.02.2019   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.11.2011 - 30.11.2015   (Completed)