• NAME OF RESEARCH

    Beyond Statistics: The Informal Economy in Rural Georgia

  • NAME OF AUTHOR

    Alliances Kvemo Kartli & Mercy Corps

  • CATEGORY

    Agriculture

  • YEAR

    2012-05-22

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The paper discusses the informal economy in rural Georgia. Informal economy plays an important and diverse role in the day to day life of the Small Scale Livestock Producers’ (SSLP’S) in our programme area. Small scale livestock producers, whom the programme targets, make up 70% of the population of the programme area. Characterized3 by the programme as owning up to five breeding cows or thirteen breeding sheep, and up to two hectares of land with access to pasture, they produce dairy and meat based products for home consumption with surpluses sold. 

Dairy farming forms the mainstay of their income with four main outlets for milk: 

  •  home consumption of milk and dairy products 
  •  production and sale of cheese, yoghurt and butter from surpluses 
  •  sale of milk to Milk Collection Centres 
  •  sale of liquid milk to small cheese factories.