In FY 2013,USAID's New Economic Opportunity (NEO) activity initiated a small but an innovative partnership targeting Internally Displaced People from the conflict-affected Shida Kartli region. NEO, the Embassy of Israel, and the Israeli greenhouse and drip irrigation company, Netafim, donated 45 drip irrigation systems to the USG-supported Shida Kartli Internally Displaced Peoples' Association of Vegetable Producers. The Georgian food distribution company, Eco Farm, also supplied the association with 47,000 lettuce seedlings produced by NEO-supported farmers in two municipalities. In FY 2014, this 33-member association harvested 18,000 kilograms of lettuce valued at $16,363, which Eco Farm purchased and distributed to hotels, restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. The combined value of this partnership amounts to $10,458, where $6,972 is the contribution from private resource partners.
|Location||Eastern Europe, Georgia|
|Value||USD 10.5 Thousand|