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Abkhazia-Georgia: Première Urgence is implementing a food security programme

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Since December 2008, Première Urgence is preparing a food security program for victims of the Abkhaz conflict. Farmers in the southern breakaway region of Georgia live in hard conditions and have difficulties finding opportunities for their crops.

In this context, Première Urgence wants to improve the living conditions of populations affected by conflict. Two actions will be implemented jointly: the creation of 2 agricultural centres and the development of high added value products.

Improvement of the beneficiaries living conditions in Abkhazia .

-The creation of 2 agricultural service centers should benefit to over 4,000 households who will receive agronomist and commercial advices in order to better promote their products and optimize their crops: advices and coaching on management, ferttilizer, pesticide and crop rotation trainings.

- In parallel, several communities will benefit from the development of more finalized products and with high value-added (butter, milk, vegetables, cream ...) that can be offered to tourists looking for local products. Farmers will thus have access to new markets (Northern Abkhazia) by offering less raw products than before.

The program's main objective is the improvement of the population living conditions. The increasing opportunities by a higher participation in the agricultural markets, coupled with a better promotion of crops, should enable a diversification of production and a sustainable income increase.

This program will soon be operational on the field to vulnerable populations. In addition, other programs are already active in this region.