ENPARD sums up its results in Armenia | EUNewsletter

ENPARD sums up its results in Armenia

27 November 2018
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ARS_1023The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) sums up its achievements and results. Three closing events have been held: the first one was held on 8 November in Gyumri, Shirak marz, the second one on 13 November in Yerevan and the third one on 20 November in Bambakashat and Nalbandyan communities, Armavir marz. The European Union has supported Armenian farmers for many years and has become the biggest donor to agricultural sector in Armenia. ENPARD programme that launched in 2015 has contributed to the economic growth of Armenia’s rural communities and the creation of new and sustainable jobs in Shirak, Lori, Gegharkunik, Aragatsotn, Kotayk, and Vayots Dzor marzes.

ARS_0005_Throughout the events the results of ENPARD “Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia” and “Producer Group and Value Chain Development” projects were presented. The events provided a unique platform to present and discuss the results of both projects, aimed at strengthening producer groups, effectively engaging them in value addition activities, strengthening value chains that provide improved access to affordable, better quality food, contributing to the development of rural areas, improving access to local and international markets, and ensuring the introduction of environmentally-friendly farming and food processing practices. It also aimed at promoting the sustainable growth of agriculture by supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Strategy of the Republic of Armenia. The project beneficiaries were given a unique opportunity to present their success stories, share their experience and impact on community socio-economic development. The EU contribution to the project was €25,000,000. The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and farmers’ groups were the implementing organisations.

ARS_1003The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, thanked all the participants for effective cooperation: “This is a sad event as we are closing a beautiful project. For us it is an occasion to extend our warmest thanks to all people who made this project a success, especially the people of Armenia, who joined this journey and who profited. Indeed, the aim of ENPARD was to bring tangible results to ordinary people. We are very proud that we are the biggest donor for Armenian agriculture. There are many channels through which we contribute to the development of this field. This is not only about money, this is a symbolic expression of our political stance – we believe that agriculture is important for Armenia, that agriculture can be an engine for economic growth, and that investment in agriculture in Armenia can bring a lot of benefits to ordinary people, both producers and consumers”.

ENPARD sums up its results in Armenia

ARS_1023The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) sums up its achievements and results. Three closing events have been held: the first one was held on 8 November in Gyumri, Shirak marz, the second one on 13 November in Yerevan and the third one on 20 November in Bambakashat and Nalbandyan communities, Armavir marz. The European Union has supported Armenian farmers for many years and has become the biggest donor to agricultural sector in Armenia. ENPARD programme that launched in 2015 has contributed to the economic growth of Armenia's rural communities and the creation of new and sustainable jobs in Shirak, Lori, Gegharkunik, Aragatsotn, Kotayk, and Vayots Dzor marzes.

ARS_0005_Throughout the events the results of ENPARD “Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia” and “Producer Group and Value Chain Development” projects were presented. The events provided a unique platform to present and discuss the results of both projects, aimed at strengthening producer groups, effectively engaging them in value addition activities, strengthening value chains that provide improved access to affordable, better quality food, contributing to the development of rural areas, improving access to local and international markets, and ensuring the introduction of environmentally-friendly farming and food processing practices. It also aimed at promoting the sustainable growth of agriculture by supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Strategy of the Republic of Armenia. The project beneficiaries were given a unique opportunity to present their success stories, share their experience and impact on community socio-economic development. The EU contribution to the project was €25,000,000. The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and farmers’ groups were the implementing organisations.

ARS_1003The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, thanked all the participants for effective cooperation: “This is a sad event as we are closing a beautiful project. For us it is an occasion to extend our warmest thanks to all people who made this project a success, especially the people of Armenia, who joined this journey and who profited. Indeed, the aim of ENPARD was to bring tangible results to ordinary people. We are very proud that we are the biggest donor for Armenian agriculture. There are many channels through which we contribute to the development of this field. This is not only about money, this is a symbolic expression of our political stance – we believe that agriculture is important for Armenia, that agriculture can be an engine for economic growth, and that investment in agriculture in Armenia can bring a lot of benefits to ordinary people, both producers and consumers”.