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Georgia and USAID – Restoring Efficiency in Agriculture Production

To celebrate 25 years of U.S.-Georgia diplomatic relations, the Georgian Culinary Academy hosted a cook-off with USAID’s Restoring Efficiency in Agriculture Production (REAP) project.

The event challenged U.S. and Georgian officials to prepare dishes using only products from local producers and agribusinesses supported by the REAP project and the Agriculture Project Management Agency (APMA) of the Ministry of Agriculture.

By publicizing the use of Georgian products in a variety of cooking styles, the event sought to promote local agro-food products and the importance of attaining food safety certifications, which are critical for Georgian exports to the EU through the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).

USAID/Georgia REAP and the APMA support the certification of Georgian products, including those used in the cook-off, as an essential component of efforts to develop Georgia’s agricultural economy and open it up to new international markets.