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Armenian farmers for food safety

6 March 2014
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On 28 February 2014, the EU and Oxfam launched the four-year regional “Improving Regional Food Security in South Caucasus through National Strategies and Smallholder Production” project in Yerevan. This new initiative will contribute to the improvement of food security and nutrition in Armenia and prevent possible food crises, while promoting local food production.Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, talking about this project as key for dialogue between the EU and Armenia,stated: ‘Reducing the number of people suffering from hunger by half by 2015 is a priority for the EU and the international community. In the coming years, as well as in the longer term, food security could be a conflict trigger in the Caucasus region, indeed wordwide, related to the interplay between agriculture and food security policies, pressure on natural resources, and climate change’. A working group on food security has been established within the framework of the project as a result of cooperation between the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture and Oxfam, which will develop a Rural and Agricultural Sustainability Development Strategy for 2015-2025 with a particular focus on food security. The Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Armenia, Robert Makaryan, stressed the importance of the project: ‘Food security is an important component of national security and is one of the most important issues in Armenia. For this programme to be successful and effective there needs to be a clear system of cooperation between stakeholders and relevant organisations. Project activities are in line with Armenian governmental agricultural policy directions and conditions’. The project will consist of research and analysis to identify the needs of smallholder farmers, particularly women. In addition, recommendations will be formulated to assist food safety development, and accounting and monitoring mechanisms. The Agricultural Alliance was established in 2011 through an Oxfam initiative and consists of 14 local and international organisations; these stakeholders will be actively involved in the “Improving Regional Food Security in South Caucasus through National Strategies and Smallholder Production” project. It is being implemented through EU funding in partnership with the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture and has a budget of €596,460.

Armenian farmers for food safety

On 28 February 2014, the EU and Oxfam launched the four-year regional “Improving Regional Food Security in South Caucasus through National Strategies and Smallholder Production” project in Yerevan. This new initiative will contribute to the improvement of food security and nutrition in Armenia and prevent possible food crises, while promoting local food production.Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, talking about this project as key for dialogue between the EU and Armenia,stated: ‘Reducing the number of people suffering from hunger by half by 2015 is a priority for the EU and the international community. In the coming years, as well as in the longer term, food security could be a conflict trigger in the Caucasus region, indeed wordwide, related to the interplay between agriculture and food security policies, pressure on natural resources, and climate change’. A working group on food security has been established within the framework of the project as a result of cooperation between the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture and Oxfam, which will develop a Rural and Agricultural Sustainability Development Strategy for 2015-2025 with a particular focus on food security. The Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Armenia, Robert Makaryan, stressed the importance of the project: ‘Food security is an important component of national security and is one of the most important issues in Armenia. For this programme to be successful and effective there needs to be a clear system of cooperation between stakeholders and relevant organisations. Project activities are in line with Armenian governmental agricultural policy directions and conditions’. The project will consist of research and analysis to identify the needs of smallholder farmers, particularly women. In addition, recommendations will be formulated to assist food safety development, and accounting and monitoring mechanisms. The Agricultural Alliance was established in 2011 through an Oxfam initiative and consists of 14 local and international organisations; these stakeholders will be actively involved in the “Improving Regional Food Security in South Caucasus through National Strategies and Smallholder Production” project. It is being implemented through EU funding in partnership with the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture and has a budget of €596,460.