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USAID have released their 2011 review of Georgia’s agriculture sector. You can find it here

To a large extent, it repeats and validates many reviews performed by USAID, World Bank, UNDP and various EU agencies over the past decade. Most of its findings are already well known by anyone who works in the farming sector here.  There are no new discoveries in this report.

It is however quite well written and a good introduction for somebody with no Caucasus experience.

Two criticisms I would make:

(1) Co-Operatives

The report once again reiterates the call for the promotion of farmers’ co-operatives, so beloved of the EU and various socialist jurisdictions. This of course will demand subvention, both from the state budget and foreign donors. The justification is for improved farmer margins through direct marketing to larger wholesalers, bypassing small local traders.

The demonisation of small traders in the farm sector is…

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