The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads the international drive to end hunger in our lifetime. Making sure people everywhere have regular access to enough high-quality food for an active, healthy life – this is the final objective of all FAO’s work.
One of the largest specialized agencies in the United Nations system, FAO is the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. Founded in 1945, FAO today has 194 member countries, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. In the Europe and Central Asia region, it covers a total of 53 countries including Armenia.
FAO’s work today is guided by five strategic objectives endorsed by its members:
The Organization acts as a neutral forum where all members meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate global and regional policy issues. It is also a source of specialized knowledge and information. It helps developing countries and transition economies to modernize and improve practices in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and ensure safe and healthy nutrition for everyone.
FAO in Armenia
The Republic of Armenia became a member of FAO in 1993, and FAO’s office in Armenia was established in Yerevan in 2004. Since joining, Armenia has received FAO’s support in implementing various development and emergency projects aimed at increasing agricultural productivity and improving the country‘s food security.
For the 2012-15 period, the Government of Armenia and FAO have agreed to work together in six priority areas:
To further develop the field programme, these operational priorities have been agreed upon:
Field projects in Armenia
FAO is active on the ground in Armenia, working on a range of technical issues and using different financing arrangements, in close collaboration with national and international partners.
Improving the meat production chain – with a focus on quality and safety – is one area where the Organization is providing support. Work includes support for the establishment of slaughterhouses that comply with international standards, and training for government officials, farmers and small investors. One of the objectives of the initiative is to promote public-private partnership in the meat production sector, and ultimately throughout the food product value chain.
Apricot genetic resources conservation and utilization is another area where FAO is active. Assistance aims at reinforcing the country’s solid apricot industry through the collection and preservation of apricot genetic resources, introduction of suitable varieties and rootstocks, and use of appropriate technology for fruit and planting materials production.
Development of the vegetable seed breeding and production system is another area where FAO is assisting Armenia. This work is aimed at providing a basis for developing a viable, sustainable source of local germplasm for the vegetable seed sector, strengthening the country’s capacities for plant breeding, seed production and marketing, and safeguarding indigenous vegetable varieties.
Assistance on pesticide quality control and residue monitoring contributes to sustainable development of Armenia’s agricultural sector – reducing the use of hazardous agricultural inputs, improving agricultural practices, enhancing food safety, encouraging a cleaner environment and reducing the risks associated with pesticide use.
FAO is providing technical and institutional support to veterinary services in Syunik region, contributing to improvement of the food safety system and sustainable agricultural development.
FAO contributes to regional locust management and obsolete pesticide management through regional projects in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Support for the implementation of an agricultural census takes the form of technical assistance, capacity building and bridging a financial gap for the pilot census.