Agriculture is the most important economic sector for rural communities in Georgia. 90% of working people in rural areas are employed in agriculture. In the country as a whole, 40% of the workforce makes a living from farming. However, agriculture only accounts for 8% of Georgia's GDP due to a lack of competitiveness in the market. Vocational training in agriculture is patchy and unavailable to farmers in remote areas. These factors hamper the transition to a market economy which the government has sought to bring about since Georgia gained its independence.
The SDC is funding a project, implemented by UNDP, to improve living standards and boost farmers' incomes in Georgia. The project seeks to increase productivity, incomes and jobs in the agricultural sector by helping farmers and students at agricultural colleges improve their knowledge and skills.