Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD
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.