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EU support to Armenia’s agriculture

22 March 2019
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The European Union supports agriculture as one of the main sectors of the Armenian economy contributing about 18% to the GDP and providing about 36% of the labour force. Agriculture and rural development are among the cornerstones of the broader sustainability agenda in Armenia – as it is stated in the current Armenia Development Strategy 2014 – 2025.

2The EU Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI) project was launched in September 2015 for a duration of 3.5 years and aimed at promoting organic agriculture in Armenia. It was funded by the European Union (€2.8 million) and co funded and implemented by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The total budget of the project was €3.3 million. Organic agriculture could be a niche in Armenia, and that it is in line with the local context to rely on the high quality of products instead of the quantity. This project has contributed to implementation of the Armenian Sustainable Agricultural Development Strategy by supporting the revision of the Law on organic agriculture and other regulatory documents. Among the activities of the project was the promotion of organic extension services, raising awareness on organic production and products, and increasing market access for the producers. The OASI Project has also provided 45 beneficiary farmers and processors with financial assistance of about 1 million euros to start or expand their organic production. Moreover, nearly half a million euro worth export has been registered as a result of the continued participation at the international exhibitions.

3On 22 March, the project officially announced about the activities completion. The closing event location was chosen since the project provided machinery, tools and equipment to upgrade the demonstration capacities of both GTCs in Dzoraghbyur (Kotayk) and in Archis (Tavush). In addition, methodological handbook for teachers and students was developed in the framework of OASI project. These textbooks can guide the teachers to choose the right methods for teaching organic agriculture, and offer exercises to students. Indeed, the development of the agricultural education sector plays a major role in the advancement of organic agriculture in Armenia.

4European Union is now working on the advanced Concept Note for the Green Agriculture Project from the Annual Action Plan (AAP) 2018 – Regional Development. More specifically, the total budget for the action is €11.7 million as envisaged by the EU ENI AAP 2018 programme for Armenia, out of which the European Union will contribute financially €9.7 million and ADA €2 million. The official opening was followed by an Organic Armenian Food Reception so all participants to enjoy and celebrate the organic food at a pleasant green organic atmosphere.

EU support to Armenia’s agriculture

The European Union supports agriculture as one of the main sectors of the Armenian economy contributing about 18% to the GDP and providing about 36% of the labour force. Agriculture and rural development are among the cornerstones of the broader sustainability agenda in Armenia - as it is stated in the current Armenia Development Strategy 2014 – 2025.

2The EU Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI) project was launched in September 2015 for a duration of 3.5 years and aimed at promoting organic agriculture in Armenia. It was funded by the European Union (€2.8 million) and co funded and implemented by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The total budget of the project was €3.3 million. Organic agriculture could be a niche in Armenia, and that it is in line with the local context to rely on the high quality of products instead of the quantity. This project has contributed to implementation of the Armenian Sustainable Agricultural Development Strategy by supporting the revision of the Law on organic agriculture and other regulatory documents. Among the activities of the project was the promotion of organic extension services, raising awareness on organic production and products, and increasing market access for the producers. The OASI Project has also provided 45 beneficiary farmers and processors with financial assistance of about 1 million euros to start or expand their organic production. Moreover, nearly half a million euro worth export has been registered as a result of the continued participation at the international exhibitions.

3On 22 March, the project officially announced about the activities completion. The closing event location was chosen since the project provided machinery, tools and equipment to upgrade the demonstration capacities of both GTCs in Dzoraghbyur (Kotayk) and in Archis (Tavush). In addition, methodological handbook for teachers and students was developed in the framework of OASI project. These textbooks can guide the teachers to choose the right methods for teaching organic agriculture, and offer exercises to students. Indeed, the development of the agricultural education sector plays a major role in the advancement of organic agriculture in Armenia.

4European Union is now working on the advanced Concept Note for the Green Agriculture Project from the Annual Action Plan (AAP) 2018 – Regional Development. More specifically, the total budget for the action is €11.7 million as envisaged by the EU ENI AAP 2018 programme for Armenia, out of which the European Union will contribute financially €9.7 million and ADA €2 million. The official opening was followed by an Organic Armenian Food Reception so all participants to enjoy and celebrate the organic food at a pleasant green organic atmosphere.