ISET’s Irakli ‘Rati’ Kochlamazashvili, the deputy head of the Agricultural Policy Research Center, has been awarded the prestigious MASHAV Scholarship to attend the “Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics – Changes in the Era of Globalization” program conducted by the International School of Agricultural Sciences of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Robert H. Smith, Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment.

MASHAV is the Hebrew acronym for Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, a department established 50 years ago within the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MASHAV is responsible for designing and implementing Israel’s international development programs, which are carried out in Israel and in developing partner countries. The main criteria for the selection in the program are to be a mid-career decision-maker and policy advice practitioner.

On Thursday November 15, the Agricultural Policy Research Center (APRC) presented the results of its “Study on Private Service Providers in Organic Hazelnut Value Chain in Georgia” to stakeholders. The event was organized by HEKS-EPER South Caucasus, the ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI), and PAKKA AG, a Swiss holding.

The aim of the event was to discuss the key problems of the Georgian hazelnut sector and identifying opportunities of cooperation between various stakeholders involved in solving the identified problems.

The head of the Agricultural Policy Research Center (APRC) at the ISET Policy Institute, Pati Mamardashvili, moderated the meeting. The panel was made up of a number of executives and stakeholders, including the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Gela Khanishvili (who described the government’s strategy on hazelnuts as one of the priorities of the ministry); the Executive Director of the Hazelnut Processors and Exporter’s Association, Levan Kardava; the Project Manager of CNFA, Luiza Namicheishvili; Revaz Shonia, from the Kartlisi private sector service provider; and Irakli Khubua, a member of the Kolkha cooperative.

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