Economic Prosperity Initiative
The four-year Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI), funded by USAID, improved enterprise and competitiveness at the industry and country level in Georgia. Working under contract with Deloitte, CNFA implemented activities with a specific emphasis on mandarins, hazelnuts, and greenhouse and open-field vegetables. EPI provided technical assistance to enterprises, facilitating trade by creating market linkages between producers and buyers, and assisting in strengthening agricultural policy.
EPI selected hazelnuts, mandarins, and several greenhouse vegetables as the focus value chains of this program. These value chains were targeted for technical assistance, training, and study tours, as well as grants. CNFA focused specifically on improving the competitiveness of targeted agricultural sectors, working at all points along targeted value chains with agriculture traders, distributors, and buyers, creating access to market information and joining with financial institutions and export buyers.
EPI built upon CNFA’s existing network of 60 farm and machinery service centers in Georgia, which served as delivery points for extension, outreach, and advocacy. EPI also built on CNFA’s work with Georgian processors to improve operations and quality standards (GlobalGAP, ISO, HACCP), enabling them to better respond to international market demand.
- Improved the competitiveness of mandarin, hazelnut, and greenhouse and open-field vegetable value chains;
- Leveraged existing farm and machinery service centers, which served as delivery points for extension, outreach, and advocacy;
- Improved operations and quality standards (GlobalGAP, ISO, HACCP), responding to international market demand;
- Created Knowledge Plots (KP) and Knowledge Centers (KC) to provide “on-the-field” farmer training.