Tbilisi, Georgia, October 16, 2014—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, and the Georgian Farmers’ Association
are helping Georgian farmers introduce a key global standard to boost farm
production and ramp up exports to the European Union.
IFC and the Georgian Farmers’ Association hosted a two-day workshop in
Tbilisi on October 15-16 on GLOBALG.A.P., an internationally recognized
set of agricultural standards that are required for export to the EU. The
event was supported by Bank Republic Société Générale Group.
“This was the first workshop of its kind in the Caucasus,” said Nino
Zambakhidze, Chairwoman of the Georgian Farmers Association. “We joined
IFC in this pioneering initiative because we believe that Georgian farmers
will benefit from introducing this key international standard, especially
in light of the export opportunities provided by the EU-Georgia Association
Maia Tevzadze, Project Manager for the Caucasus, IFC Agribusiness Standards
Advisory in Europe and Central Asia, said: “World Food Day, celebrated
today, this year focuses on family farming and smallholder farmers. This
is particularly relevant in Georgia, where the majority of the poor lives
in rural areas and relies on agriculture for a living. By supporting farmers,
we hope to help these communities grow and develop Georgia's agricultural
The GLOBALG.A.P. standard helps companies assess and reduce food safety-related
risks and thereby increase consumer confidence in the quality of their
products. It also ensures a responsible approach to worker health and safety.
Agribusiness is a priority for IFC in Europe and Central Asia. IFC supports
the growth of the sector through a comprehensive set of investment and
advisory services along the agribusiness value chain. The IFC Agribusiness
Standards Advisory Program in Europe and Central Asia is part of these
efforts. The program is supported with funds from the Austrian Federal
Ministry of Finance.
Georgia became an IFC member in 1995. Since then, IFC has invested $810
million in 60 projects across various sectors and supported regional projects
developed in the country. IFC has also implemented a number of advisory
projects focused on the development of the private sector.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private
enterprises in about 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and
influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
In FY14, we provided more than $22 billion in financing to improve lives
in developing countries and tackle the most urgent challenges of development.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
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For more information about GlobalG.A.P., please visit www.globalgap.org.