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From Sustainability to Development

3 June 2014

On 30 May a panel discussion entitled “From Sustainability to Development”: the vision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Development Dynamics took place in the Marriott Armenia hotel. The Minister of Agriculture, Sergo Karapetyan, the Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia, Traian Hristea, members of state bodies, representatives of agricultural non-governmental organizations and international institutions were present
The panel was aimed at discussing the vision, strategy and projects of the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as the the European Union support to Agriculture and Rural Development in Armenia.

Karapetyan opened the discussion: ‘I am quite sure that, using our united capacity, we can face the challenges and cope with the obstacles in our way. We are ready to reinforce constructive dialogue and cooperation with our partners, particularly the European Union’.

Hristea followed the Minister: ‘It is very encouraging that the Government of Armenia adopted the “2010-2020 Sustainable Strategy Programme for Agricultural and Rural Development” in November 2010. In accordance with the strategy, agricultural development should be driven by commercially-orientated family farms within well-integrated value chains. At the same time, food security, food safety, and access to credit are equally critical priority areas. I am delighted that all of these areas will soon be strengthened within extensive EU-funded support. This will include adapting and further developing the existing strategy within an overall agricultural and rural development strategy for Armenia that will cover the period 2015-2025’.

John Barker, International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation, presented the details of the Eastern Partnership “Agricultural and Rural Development” programme to the panel.

The overall objective of the EU-funded programme will be to support the Government of Armenia in ensuring efficient and sustainable agriculture and in contributing to better conditions in rural areas in Armenia. Within the framework of the programme the European Union will provide €25 million to support agricultural and rural development. €20 million of the total budget will be provided as budget support to the Government of Armenia; the other €5 million will be used to directly benefit the agricultural and rural development sectors.

From Sustainability to Development

On 30 May a panel discussion entitled “From Sustainability to Development”: the vision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Development Dynamics took place in the Marriott Armenia hotel. The Minister of Agriculture, Sergo Karapetyan, the Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia, Traian Hristea, members of state bodies, representatives of agricultural non-governmental organizations and international institutions were present The panel was aimed at discussing the vision, strategy and projects of the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as the the European Union support to Agriculture and Rural Development in Armenia. Karapetyan opened the discussion: ‘I am quite sure that, using our united capacity, we can face the challenges and cope with the obstacles in our way. We are ready to reinforce constructive dialogue and cooperation with our partners, particularly the European Union’. Hristea followed the Minister: ‘It is very encouraging that the Government of Armenia adopted the “2010-2020 Sustainable Strategy Programme for Agricultural and Rural Development” in November 2010. In accordance with the strategy, agricultural development should be driven by commercially-orientated family farms within well-integrated value chains. At the same time, food security, food safety, and access to credit are equally critical priority areas. I am delighted that all of these areas will soon be strengthened within extensive EU-funded support. This will include adapting and further developing the existing strategy within an overall agricultural and rural development strategy for Armenia that will cover the period 2015-2025’. John Barker, International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation, presented the details of the Eastern Partnership “Agricultural and Rural Development” programme to the panel. The overall objective of the EU-funded programme will be to support the Government of Armenia in ensuring efficient and sustainable agriculture and in contributing to better conditions in rural areas in Armenia. Within the framework of the programme the European Union will provide €25 million to support agricultural and rural development. €20 million of the total budget will be provided as budget support to the Government of Armenia; the other €5 million will be used to directly benefit the agricultural and rural development sectors.