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Association for Farmers Rights Defence

We work to solve the existing problems for farmers and their needs. Our activities mean holding Training
courses and Educational seminars in different regions of Georgia, connected with farming and farms management, The members of the AFRD are 450 small and big farmers about 7 agrifirm, agricultural enterprises, farmers associations. Large farmers, who rent about 100-200 Ha land in order to produce agricultural production. AFRD carries out its activities in different Districts and Regions of Georgia and helps to preserve of Biodiversity of Georgia. AFRD is an ex-member of International Federation of Organic
Agricultural Movements, IFOAM, Countdown 2010, AVALON Network, GEF.


Date of Establishment:

23-Oct, 1999

Purpose of Organization:

Association for Farmers Rights Defence, AFRD established in 1999, is a non-profit, democratic
organization dedicated to stimulating agricultural economic growth and policy reform in the Georgia’s transitional economy. By the help of ACDI-VOCA, American National Farm Bureau and local farmers and farmer organizations was founded AFRD. AFRD mission to help Farmers to create market-oriented, economically viable farmer and agribusiness enterprises. AFRD demonstrated capability and experience to successfully plan implement, monitor development and agribusiness partnership programs in
Rural Areas of Georgia, with close cooperation with local and International organizations. AFRD’s advocacy policy for development farmers and farming movements comprises several components: Holding training courses and educational seminars in different regions of Georgia for Organic Farming, Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change, Renewable energy projects. Genes Bank for Plants Germplasm collection, Giving juridical consultations to farmers, defending their rights, Drafting legislation, Lobbying, Rise of public awareness and broaden support, Supporting Rural and Ecotourism in Rural Areas of Georgia. For sharing of high experience develops young farmers and students training and educational programs in
EU and US, Support of SME, Rural and Urban Youth Employment.

Experience:

I am a Food Safety Expert working with the TAIEX - Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument, (Joint Research Center, JRC) European Commission. I currently serve as Country Representative and National Coordinator Southern Caucasus Countries of the Coalition for Sustained Excellence in Food and Health Protection, GCSE-Food and Health Protection Country Representative. My research interests include work with Global Environmental Facility, Biodiversity Conservation and Creation of BioBanks also provide of full researches on quantitative and qualitative GMO Analysis and Detection, Biodiversity Conservation (Genes Bank). I have been Leading Specialist of the Agrarian Issues Committee at the Parliament of Georgia from 1996 to 2000. Thereafter, I completed an internship in Genetic and in vitro tissue cultures at California State University. I was awarded his PhD in Agricultural Sciences in 2006 by the Georgian State Agricultural University. From 2005-2010 I worked on the position as Director of the Biotechnology Center of Georgia at the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia for the life sciences. In 2010 I was selected by the competitive commission as Head of the Sustainable Development Department at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. I am a President of Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD and was engaged in a different Agricultural Projects, Education, Training, Law Making, Sustainable Development, Organic Farming and number of Rural Youth Projects. I am an author of a large number of analytical publications for the Organic Farming, Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Draft-Bill on Farmers Cooperatives in Georgia. I am strongly engaged in strengthening the research and innovation. I have been a speaker of over 60 conferences, and Chair of about 10 conferences including Program Chair of 6 recently held local conferences. I am a full Member and Country Representative of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), Member of EuroScience, Member of Public Research and Regulation Initiative, PRRI, EuroScience, Member of the Honorable Board of the Advanced Materials and the Applied Nanotechnology Group (AMANTG) Nobel Project, European Biotechnology Federation (EFB), Planta Europa, DesertNet International (UNCCD-United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification), Greeneconomy Institute (Oxford University), International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).
Countries in which organization is active:
  • Georgia

Contact Details
Street Address:
30 App 5 B 1 MD Vazisubani
City/Town:
Tbilisi
Country:
Georgia
Telephone No.:
995-32-2777757
Website:
http://www.eco-web.com/reg/02797.html
Email:
afrd@geo.net.ge
Organization founded:
Oct-23-1999

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • International Waters
  • Land Degradation
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • Local

  • Contact Person
    Name:
    Dr. Kakha Nadiradze Key Contact Person
    Position:
    President
    Telephone No.:
    99-5322-777757
    Email:
    afrdgeogmail.com


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